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Trust praises staff and emergency service colleagues following Swanley coach crash

14 August 2018

South East Coast Ambulance Service, (SECAmb), would like to thank it staff and emergency service colleagues for their professionalism and actions in responding to yesterday’s (13 July) incident on the M25 at Swanley.

The incident, which saw a total of 49 patients, including 10 children, taken to hospital, was declared a major incident and saw SECAmb send a significant number of vehicles to the scene, including both of its Hazardous Area Response Teams, critical care paramedics and paramedic practitioners. The air ambulance service also landed at the incident but no one required transporting to hospital by air.

SECAmb incident commander and Operating Unit Manager Will Bellamy said: “This was obviously a significant incident which drew a lot of crews to the scene. Our thoughts are with everyone involved and we wish them a good recovery.

“I was very pleased with the way we responded to the incident and the way we put our well-rehearsed plans into place. I would like to thank every member of staff involved, both in our emergency operations centres and out on the road for their professionalism in providing patients with the treatment they required.

“I’d also like to highlight the good team work between all the emergency services to manage what was, of course, a challenging incident.”

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