01/04/2008

Ambulance Crew Involved In M1 Crash

An ambulance crew has been involved in a crash in Belfast as they were attempting to resuscitate a young baby on the M1 motorway.

The crew had been flagged down on Kennedy Way to help an infant who had stopped breathing, when a lorry collided with the ambulance at 11am today.

The lorry was approaching the Broadway roundabout.

A passing motorist stopped at the scene and subsequently brought the baby to the Royal Victoria Hospital. However, it is understood that the child has since been pronounced dead.

The driver of the ambulance suffered head injuries and is in a stable condition and at least one other was said to have been injured.

A spokesperson for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said the attempts to resuscitate the baby had not been hampered by the collision.

"A Northern Ireland Ambulance Service Intermediate Care Crew was this morning flagged down on Kennedy Way and asked to help with an infant who had stopped breathing," he said.

"The crew took the child on board the ambulance and immediately commenced CPR."

He continued: "CPR was uninterrupted during this time and the child was transferred into the care of the medical staff at the hospital.

"The ambulance crew was subsequently treated for their injuries at the RVH A&E department."

(JM/KMcA)

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