An ambulance crashed and overturned on a busy Wolverhampton road today as it answered an emergency call.
The crew was on its way to a nursing home where a resident had fallen unconscious when the smash happened on the A449 Penn Road.
The ambulance is thought to have hit a tree before ending up on its side near to the Mount Pub.
Witnesses rushed to the scene to help paramedics out of the ambulance in the wake of the crash which happened at 10.30am.
A woman and her young daughter narrowly avoided injury after stopping in the road just yards from where the ambulance landed. The little girl had dropped her gloves and the mother stopped to pick them up just as the ambulance careered off the road yards ahead.
Another ambulance was sent to the nursing home and Penn Road was closed in both directions for almost an hour and a half while a clean-up operation took place. No-one was injured in the collision and no other vehicles were involved. It is not yet known what caused the accident.
Nikul Lal was among the motorists who witnessed the crash. The 24-year-old Mount Road resident had let the ambulance pass him in Mount Road before he turned right into Penn Road and then saw the overturned ambulance.
He said: “I rushed over and helped the passengers get out by opening the double doors at the back of the ambulance. Fortunately they seemed okay.” West Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed that no one had been injured in the crash.
Spokesman John Hawker said “The ambulance was answering a 999 call to an unconscious patient at a nursing home, and was travelling on blue lights and sirens at the time of the crash.
“The ambulance crew and a student paramedic were all uninjured in the crash.”