Woman collided with ‘on call’ ambulance

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A woman who crashed into an emergency ambulance as she drove down a main route into Preston has walked out of court with a fine.

Motorist Farah Jabeen Riaz, denied a charge of driving without due care and attention as a result of a crash on London Road, Walton-le-Dale, near Preston, almost a year ago.

However, she was found guilty after a trial at Preston Magistrates’ Court.

The accident left the ambulance driver and passenger with injuries, and the defendant and her passengers were also hurt.

The court heard Riaz, of Wimberley Street, Blackburn, was driving her Audi A3 car down London Road on November 29 at around 10.48pm.

As she approached the junction with Salmon Street, for an “unknown reason”, she veered into the second lane of the A6 and collided with the nearside of an ambulance, which had emergency lights on.

The impact caused the ambulance to cross onto the opposite side of the road. Both vehicles suffered extensive damage.

The 24-year-old was ordered to pay a £60 fine, a £20 surcharge and £85 costs and magistrates imposed four penalty points.

Today, a North West NHS Ambulance Trust spokesman said: “All ambulance trusts have a statutory obligation to ensure that the health and safety of its employees is paramount, at all times, but particularly when staff are engaged in ‘high risk’ activities such as emergency driving. The use of visual and audible warning devices, whilst ambulance vehicles are being driven at speeds above the normally recognised limits during a response to an emergency 999 call, protects our staff but also all other road users.”