Tributes have been paid to a 21-year-old paramedic who died after her ambulance was involved in a crash with a cement lorry in Kent.
Alice Clark’s parents praised her as a “beautiful, kind, fun-loving daughter” who will be missed “more than words can say” while a colleague described her as “kind and dedicated”.
Clark, who was newly qualified, and two other paramedics were responding to an incident on Wednesday night when their ambulance was involved in the collision.
Her two colleagues were taken to hospital following the crash on the A21 near Sevenoaks, one by helicopter with serious injuries.
Speaking about their daughter, Clark’s parents said on Thursday: “Alice was so excited to qualify as a paramedic and looked forward to every shift. She was a beautiful, kind, fun-loving daughter, sister and granddaughter. She loved to travel and anyone who met her loved her. She will be missed more than words can say by family and friends. We would ask for privacy at this very sad and tragic time for us.”
Clark’s ambulance had been on its way to an incident at the time but no patients were aboard. Emergency services rushed to the crash, including the air ambulance, but despite their efforts she died at the scene.
A male paramedic who suffered serious multiple injuries was airlifted to Kings College hospital in London, and a student paramedic who was travelling in the rear of the vehicle was taken to hospital with a head injury.
The lorry driver suffered minor injuries, a spokesperson for South East Coast ambulance service NHS foundation trust (SECAmb) said. Kent police are investigating what happened and have appealed for dashcam footage and witnesses.
Giovanni Mazza, manager for the Paddock Wood operating unit where Clark was based, said: “Although she had only been with us for a short time, Alice was already very much part of our ambulance family and will be remembered as a kind and dedicated paramedic. She will be deeply and sadly missed by her colleagues and we’re sending our love and prayers to her family and friends during this horrendous time.”
SECAmb’s executive director of operations, Emma Williams, said: “We are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague and our heartfelt sympathies go to her family, friends and colleagues at this very difficult time. Our thoughts are also with the other injured staff members as well as all of those who responded to the incident. We are supporting the police in their inquiries and would urge anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact them.”
Anyone with information that might assist the police investigation is asked to call 01622 798538 quoting RY/CS/03/21, or email sciu.tdkent.pnn.police.uk
Tributes paid to paramedic Alice Clark, 21, who died in ambulance crash