Paramedic, 21, killed just two months into job as ambulance crashes into cement truck

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Alice Clark died at the scene when the South East Coast Ambulance Service ambulance she was travelling in collided with a heavy goods vehicle on the A21 near Tonbridge, Kent, on Wednesday night. Ms Clark, 21, was one of three staff members who were injured in the crash.

A male colleague was airlifted to hospital with multiple serious injuries, the ambulance service= confirmed.

Meanwhile, a trainee female paramedic was rushed to hospital with a head injury.

The lorry’s driver sustained minor injuries in the crash which happened around 8pm.

In a statement released today, Ms Clark’s parents said she would be “missed more than words can say”.

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Giovanni Mazza, the manager for the Paddock Wood Operating Unit where she was based, also paid tribute to the paramedic – who only joined the team in November.

He said: “Although she had only been with us for a short time, Alice was already very much part of our ambulance family and will be remembered as a kind and dedicated paramedic.

“She will be deeply and sadly missed by her colleagues and we’re sending our love and prayers to her family and friends during this horrendous time.”

Multiple emergency crews attended the scene, including the air ambulance service alongside police and fire service colleagues.

Kent Police has launched an investigation and is appealing for any witness or anyone with dashcam footage to contact it.

The major road was shut for hours while investigations were carried out. It reopened yesterday morning.

A Kent Police spokesman said: “Dashcam footage and witnesses are being sought following a collision on the coastbound carriageway of the A21 near Sevenoaks.

“Kent Police was called to the scene at 8.16pm on Wednesday January 5, 2022, following a report of a collision involving an ambulance and a cement lorry.

“Officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit have commenced an investigation and are asking anyone with dashcam footage prior to the incident to come forward.

“Anyone who witnessed the collision is also being asked to contact officers.”



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