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Injured motorist run over and killed by his ambulance

August 17, 2011

An injured biker lying in the road after falling off his motorcycle was run over by an ambulance responding to a separate 999 call.

Michael Colley, 33, was knocked out after coming off his Suzuki GSXR near Calne, Wiltshire, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Two passers-by stopped their car to help and dialled 999 after finding him apparently unconscious but breathing.

Moments later the motorists desperately tried to flag down the oncoming emergency vehicle which failed to stop and hit the man instead.Mr Colley was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police have launched an investigation into the crash on the A4 at Black Dog Hill at 2am on Sunday.Mr Colley’s family paid tribute to him as a ‘charismatic and generous’ man.

They said: ‘Michael was a charismatic and generous man who was much loved by all that knew him, he will be really missed. ‘We hope that people will smile when they remember him.’Single Mr Colley, originally from Calne in Wiltshire, was believed to have been staying with friends when the accident happened.

Great Western Ambulance Service said its vehicle was traveling to the Royal United Hospital in Bath ‘under emergency conditions – with blue lights but no sirens and not at speed’ when the collision happened.

A spokesman said: ‘While the crew was en route along Black Dog Hill a motorist tried to flag them down and alert them to the body of a fallen motorcyclist in the road.’Tragically, the crew did not see the body in time and the vehicle hit the male motorcyclist lying in the road.

‘Our sincere condolences to the friends and family of the deceased motorcyclist in this tragic event. We are co-operating fully with the police investigation.’

Two doctors from the Swift Medics response team attended and the Wiltshire Air Ambulance were deployed in vein.
The patient being transferred in the ambulance when the collision happened was treated at the scene and allowed to go home without needing hospital treatment.The A4 was closed for several hours and police were at the scene until 9am.

Sergeant Chris Moore, of Wiltshire Police, said: ‘We can confirm that a fatal road traffic collision at Black Dog Hill, Calne.

‘The incident involved a motorcyclist who had already come off of his motorbike and fallen in the road, and an ambulance.

‘The motorcyclist sadly died at the scene. The circumstances of the collision are under investigation by our serious collision investigation team.’

Wiltshire Police said they are still working to establish whether Mr Colley was dead or alive when hit by the ambulance.
They confirmed the ambulance staff were being treated as witnesses.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact the serious collision investigation team in Chippenham, Wiltshire, on 0845 408 7000.


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