Paramedic hurt in stolen car collision

Mains Lane Poulton
Mains Lane Poulton
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A TEENAGER was arrested after a stolen car crashed into a paramedic vehicle in Poulton.

Three people in a silver BMW fled the scene on foot following the crash on Mains Lane, close to the BP garage at 9.40am yesterday.

Police officers gave chase and two men escaped into field towards Poulton, having dumped the car and left it abandoned by the side of the road.

A 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of driving a stolen vehicle and dangerous driving.

He is now being held on suspicion of making off without payment. Police are still hunting for two men.

The paramedic driving the rapid response medic vehicle was taken to hospital suffering from minor injuries.

An eyewitness described the scene as traffic backed up after the crash happened.

The woman, who did not want to be named, said: “I was driving along Shard Lane going into Poulton when the police came flying past us at the junction with their lights flashing.

“The traffic came to a standstill and gradually lots of cars began turning round so I could see what was happening.

“I could see an ambulance on the road close to where the garage was.

“The area was a real mess as there was debris all over the road.”

The accident caused traffic chaos in Poulton for hours afterwards.

There were major tailbacks as Mains Lane remained closed from the River Wyre roundabout for two hours as debris was cleared away. A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “One man has been arrested following this collision but two others escaped from the scene.

“They were driving in a silver BMW which is suspected to be stolen.

“As well as the paramedic who was injured, a learner driver was also involved in the accident although there were no injuries. A fence panel was also damaged.”

A spokesman for the North West Ambulance Service added: “Unfortunately one of our operational managers, who was driving was involved in a collision this morning.

“This resulted in him being taken to hospital with minor injuries.”