AN ambulance and a car collided in the centre of Brockenhurst last night (Wednesday), leaving casualties trapped in both vehicles.
It is understood the emergency vehicle was on blue lights responding to a call-out when the incident involving a Suzuki Ignis took place around 7pm.
It happened just past the railway level crossing where the A337 Lymington Road meets Brookley Road.
The force of impact caused the ambulance to plough into the corner of the Boost Bike Hub shop on an island between the two roads, smashing a window and demolishing a section of brickwork.
It is not thought the South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) vehicle was carrying a patient at the time of the incident.
Road closures were put in place as firefighters from the village, Lymington, Lyndhurst and Redbridge responded and spent just over an hour cutting one person free from each vehicle.
Further paramedics attended and treated a total of three casualties at the scene before they were all taken by ambulance to Southampton General Hospital.
A SCAS spokesperson said the ambulance driver, a 26-year-old woman, and her fellow crew member, a 51-year-old woman, suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries.
The Suzuki’s driver, a 26-year-old woman from Lymington, suffered minor injuries.
The ambulance driver posted on a local Facebook page in the early hours of this morning to let people know she had been released from hospital.
“I was the driver and I want to thank everyone so much for all the help before all the backup came,” she wrote.
“I have just been released from hospital with a very painful leg but I am alive and so is my lovely crewmate, thanks again to all those who stopped.”
Boost Bike Hub’s owner, Ross Kempson had attended the scene last night after being alerted about the accident. It was open as usual this morning.
Stressing no damage had been caused to any property inside the shop, manager Paul Softly told the A&T a representative from SCAS had already visited them.
“Someone from the fire service also came in earlier to check that we were OK,” Mr Softley said. “Everyone’s done everything that was needed to be done.”