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Man remains in life-threatening condition after collision with ambulance in Essex

PUBLISHED: 20:33 05 February 2016 | UPDATED: 20:33 05 February 2016

An East of England Ambulance on a blue-light call. Library image.

An East of England Ambulance on a blue-light call. Library image.

An ambulance crash which left a man fighting for his life has prompted two investigations.

The ambulance, travelling on an emergency call, collided with a pedestrian in Main Road, Danbury, at 5.20pm on Thursday.

The East Anglian Air Ambulance was called to the scene and the casualty was flown to St George’s Hospital in Tooting in a critical condition.

An alternative ambulance was sent to the original call-out, which was deemed an emergency but not life-threatening – meaning ambulances would be travelling under blue lights.

The ambulance crew was uninjured in the crash, which happened at the mini-roundabout junction with Mayes Lane.

An East of England Ambulance Service spokesman said the trust was co-operating fully with the police investigation, and would also be conducting its own internal investigation into the incident.

He confirmed there was no patient on board the ambulance at the time of the collision.

Essex Police said yesterday the casualty remained in a life-threatening condition.

No-one has been arrested and police enquiries are ongoing.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact Stanway Collision Investigation Unit on 101 or email collisionappeal@essex.pnn.police.uk.

The Orwell Bridge has reopened this morning after 80mph winds battered Suffolk and brought its closure.

Several schools in Suffolk are to remain closed or open later this morning amid high winds.

Across Suffolk, dozens of bands, singers, solo acts, choirs and orchestras ply their trade on evenings and weekends as part of the county’s eclectic night time economy.

High winds have led to rail service cancellations including on the mainline from Suffolk and Essex to London and local routes between Sudbury and Marks Tey.

High winds have brought down overhead power cables leaving homes in many Suffolk and Essex communities without electricity.

A well known west Suffolk pub has suddenly closed its doors after the district council received a licence review application from police, stating the premises was ‘associated with serious crimes and disorder’.

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