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Sunday 21 September 2014

Two injured as ambulance stolen outside hospital and later crashed

No patient onboard when the vehicle was taken from outside hospital in Drogheda in Louth

Elaine Keogh

Published 16/05/2014 | 14:36

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An ambulance is alleged to have been stolen in Drogheda and then crashed into a bus on the Ballymakenny road in the town. The driver of the ambulance is being taken from the crashed vehicle in this pic. Picture Ciara Wilkinson
An ambulance is alleged to have been stolen in Drogheda and then crashed into a bus on the Ballymakenny road in the town. The driver of the ambulance is being taken from the crashed vehicle in this pic. Picture Ciara Wilkinson
An ambulance is alleged to have been stolen in Drogheda and then crashed into a bus on the Ballymakenny road in the town. The driver of the ambulance is being taken from the crashed vehicle in this pic. Picture Ciara Wilkinson
Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda. Picture: Collins
Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda. Picture: Collins

TWO people – including the driver – have been injured after an ambulance was stolen from outside a hospital, and later crashed.

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The incident happened at lunchtime today, with the vehicle being stolen from outside Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth.

“The National Ambulance Service can confirm that an ambulance was stolen from outside Our Lady Of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda today at 13.17,” the Health Service Executive told independent.ie

“There was no patient on board. The vehicle has subsequently crashed nearby and emergency services are attending the scene.

“Two casualties have been confirmed including the person driving the ambulance.”

The ambulance left the hospital grounds and a short time later crashed into a bus on the Ballymckenny Road, less than a kilometre from the hospital.

It is believed that the driver of the ambulance suffered serious injuries. He was taken away in another ambulance to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.

The driver of the bus was also taken to hospital.

The ambulance was being pursued by a garda in a garda van when it collided with the bus. It is understood that the bus was empty, apart from the driver.

Witnesses said that the stolen ambulance has suffered significant damage including a crushed bonnet and smashed windscreen.

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