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The Sunday afternoon crash closed West Swan Rd near the Margaret River Chocolate Factory. Picture: CLAIRE OTTAVIANO

U-turn mars ambulance

POLICE are investigating an incident that caused an ambulance to veer off the road and hit a power pole in West Swan on Sunday.

The ambulance was heading north on West Swan Rd with lights and sirens on when it is alleged a white Toyota sedan performed a U-turn in front of the vehicle at 2.30pm. 

SJA metropolitan ambulance general manager Phil Martin said the ambulance clipped another vehicle before ending up on the footpath.

Luckily no one was injured.

“We sent another ambulance and an area manager and front line manager who assessed everyone involved,” he said.

“The air bags were not deployed, luckily it was a low speed crash and fortunately everyone was absolutely fine,” he said.

Mr Martin asked the public to keep alert for emergency vehicles when driving.

“We really want people to use their mirrors more, especially when an emergency vehicle is coming, slow down and move over and remember to check your mirrors.”

Two fire crews attended from Kiara and Ellenbrook Fire Rescue Service to mop up a fuel spill.

A Western Power emergency response crew inspected the pole and reported minor damage to the grid which was repaired on the same day.

“Our urgent attendance was required to make sure the area was safe following reports a car had hit a power pole and a powerline had come down,” a spokesperson said.

“Once on site, our crew ensured that the passengers in the vehicle remained inside until we had determined that the risk of electric shock had been removed.”

West Swan Road was closed causing minor delays at the Margaret River Chocolate Company entry and egress.

No charges have been laid against the driver, a man in his 20s, but investigations are ongoing.

By Claire Ottaviano

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One comment

  1. Too many drivers are ignorant and selfish. This type of thing happens all too often.

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