Ambulance carrying critically ill patient crashes on motorway

Ambulance: Vehicle crashes on M9
Ambulance: Vehicle crashes on M9

An ambulance has crashed near the Forth Road Bridge while carrying a critically ill patient.

The vehicle was on the M9 at junction 1A, between Newbridge and the bridge when it crashed on Wednesday afternoon.

Police said the heart patient has been airlifted by helicopter to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary (ERI) for treatment.

The ambulance crashed after skidding on black ice near Newbridge junction as the crew transferred the patient from Stirling Royal Infirmary to ERI.

Emergency services are still trying to recover the ambulance from the scene. Both sides of the M9 have been closed while the area is cleared.

One paramedic was taken to hospital as a precaution after complaining of a neck injury.

John Morton, spokesman at the Scottish Ambulance Service, said: "The patient was being transferred from Stirling Royal Infirmary to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary when it appears to have hit black ice. The patient was transferred by helicopter to the ERI."

"The helicopter was the best available resource. One of the ambulance crew was taken by car to the ERI with a possible neck injury but that was purely precautionary."

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