Paramedics' sorrow at crash tragedy

PARAMEDICS who fought desperately for more than an hour to save the lives of the girls today passed their condolences to their families.

PARAMEDICS who fought desperately for more than an hour to save the lives of the girls today passed their condolences to their families.

Arriving at a scene of devastation at the Foxhall Road crash early Saturday morning, they had five casualties to attend to and quickly had to establish who needed urgent attention.

Kate and Emma were given life-saving treatment at the scene before being taken to Ipswich Hospital where they were pronounced dead a short time later.

Paul Leech, deputy operations manager with the ambulance service, said: “Every possible effort was taken to ensure the very best outcome for the women.

“We had to do what we thought best. At the debriefing after the incident we all agreed we could not have done anything differently and nothing could be learned from our actions.

“We would describe the situation we found on arrival as extreme. We would like to pass on our condolences to the families of the girls at this very sad time.”

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He added that crew members had been offered counselling if needed.

One of the first paramedics on the scene, Belinda Jackson, was quick to praise the efforts of all the emergency services.

She said: “One of the things that came out of this was the professionalism of the crews who were working under very stressful conditions.

“There was a very close working relationship with the ambulance crews, police and Ipswich Hospital.”