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
Published 16/05/2014 | 14:36
TWO people – including the driver – have been injured after an ambulance was stolen from outside a hospital, and later crashed.
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.