A seriously ill patient has died after his ambulance was in a crash with a car on its way to the Royal Victoria Hospital, police said.
Three crew and the driver of the black Renault Espace were also taken to hospital following the accident at the Westlink carriageway in Belfast today.
It has not been established that the patient died because of the accident. The emergency vehicle was heading to the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) when the accident happened at the junction with the Grosvenor Road, an Ambulance Service spokesman said.
A Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) spokeswoman said: “A male patient in his mid to late 50s on board the ambulance at the time of the collision has died in hospital. At this stage we cannot say that the death occurred as a result of the collision.”
Road closures have been put in place. The driver of the car, a woman aged 51, has been treated and left hospital. Two ambulance staff were treated for chest pains and head and neck injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.
An Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The crew immediately summoned an additional ambulance to continue the transfer of the original patient to the RVH.
“Further ambulances were required for the three crew and the driver of the car, who were all taken to the RVH with non-life-threatening injuries.”