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Paramedic crash death of Wendy Williams 'was accident'

  • 5 March 2013
  • From the section England

The death of a woman who died when her car was in collision with a paramedic's rapid response car was an accident, a coroner ruled.

Wendy Williams, 60, of Castle Bromwich, Birmingham, died on 23 December 2009, on the A51 in Lichfield, Staffordshire.

The West Midlands Ambulance Service vehicle had been on an emergency call at the time.

South Staffordshire coroner Andrew Haigh recorded a verdict of accidental death at Monday's hearing.

A spokesman at West Midlands Ambulance Service said the coroner had found the case was a "genuinely tragic accident".

However, they added that the service had since brought in several measures for drivers since the crash.

As well as passing a nationally-required emergency driver test, all drivers of rapid response vehicles receive additional driving training.

Also, since the crash, guidelines have been brought in telling staff the lights and alarms should be always on vehicles on 999 calls, unless there is a good reason not to.

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