An on-duty Staffordshire University paramedic student has died following a collision involving an ambulance and a car.
The tragic incident happened at the junction of Anslow Road and Belmont Road in Needwood, Burton at around 5.45pm on Wednesday evening (3 July).
The ambulance service sent multiple resources to the scene including ambulances, senior paramedic officers, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford and the Midlands Air Ambulance crew from Staffordshire in a rapid response vehicle.
The 31-year-old was airlifted with critical injuries to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, but sadly died a short time later.
Two other members of the ambulance crew were assessed at the scene and taken to Queens Hospital in Burton for a check-up but were later discharged.
The woman driving the BMW was transported by land ambulance to Queens Hospital Burton for treatment for a leg injury.
The Trust says it will work closely with officers from the Staffordshire and West Midlands Serious Collision Investigation Unit on the investigation which is already underway.
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Trust Chief Executive Anthony Marsh said: “This is an incident that will affect every member of our staff. Our staff deal with difficult incidents every day, but to lose one of your colleagues will always make it that much harder.
"We are very lucky to have so many student paramedics who want to work with us and it is tragic that someone who showed so much promise has died doing the job that they loved.”
Dean of the School of Health and Social Care Dr Ann Ewens said: “This has come as a huge blow to our University and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the student who has tragically lost her life. We will be working with our staff and students to help them come to terms with what has happened.”
A Staffordshire Police spokesperson said: "If you witnessed the collision or have dash-cam footage that could assist with the investigation, please contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident 619 of 3 July."