A critically ill two-year-old and her mother have been injured when the ambulance transporting them to hospital left the M40 motorway and crashed down an embankment. The child was being rushed from Warwick Hospital to Horton Hospital in Banbury after suspicions were raised at Warwick that she was suffering from meningitis. Her family have stated that the child was not strapped in.
The vehicle, which was found by a passing motorist, left the motorway near Banbury in Oxfordshire. It was thought to have been travelling at high speed when it hurtled down the embankment and rolled over several times. The child’s mother said she heard a “clonk” just seconds before the ambulance left the road. The accident happened at around 0330 GMT on Thursday.
Bill Robison, the child’s grandfather from Radford Semele in Warwickshire, confirmed that his granddaughter is now in intensive care at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital. At the time of the accident she was described as “gravely ill”.
‘One of the medics suffered a head injury’
It is understood that the driver of the ambulance escaped relatively unscathed but that two medics travelling with the mother and daughter suffered minor injuries. It is thought that one of the medics suffered a head injury. The mother and daughter sustained bruising. All were taken to Warwick hospital to receive emergency care as a precaution. A spokesman for the ambulance service said that an emergency response crew arrived at the scene within ten minutes. The spokesman added that it was not clear whether or not blue lights were being used at the time as the road would have been quiet due to the time of day.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service internal investigation will be carried out, and the spokesman confirmed that: “The use of lights and sirens will form part of the investigation”. There was no comment from the Service regarding whether or not the child was strapped in.