A17 shut after crash close to ambulance treating dying patient

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A ROAD was closed for four hours on Wednesday after a crash.

It is believed the accident on the A17 happened after an emergency ambulance pulled over so treatment could be given to a patient in the back who had suffered a cardiac arrest.

The patient, a 71-year-old man from Holbeach, died but his death was not connected to the accident.

It happened at about 11.25am at Washway Road, Saracen’s Head.

It is believed two vehicles following the ambulance were involved in the collision.

They were a green Land Rover Discovery, towing a trailer with live cattle on board, and an articulated lorry.

The accident closed the road until 3.20pm while a new transporter was found for the cattle and the vehicles were recovered.

The driver of the Land Rover, a 68-year-old from Norfolk, and a 67-year-old passenger were unhurt.

The lorry driver, a 53-year-old from Sheffield, the 29-year-old paramedic and the 21-year-old ambulance driver were also uninjured.