TWO people were seriously injured as a result of an accident at a traffic light junction involving a blue-lit ambulance and a car.
Police, firefighters and paramedics were called to Barrack Road in Christchurch on Thursday evening.
Both vehicles sustained significant damage, with the South Central Ambulance Service vehicle also colliding with railings at the crosswalk.
An ambulance passenger and the driver of the car both sustained serious injuries, while the ambulance driver sustained minor injuries.
Emergency services were called to the scene shortly after 8:30 p.m. and the road was closed for three hours.
A Dorset Police spokesperson said: “Dorset Police were called at 8.34pm on Thursday 3rd June to report a collision involving an ambulance and a car on Barrack Road at the junction with Stour Road in Christchurch.
“It was reported that the ambulance was on at the blue light at the time of the collision.
“Agents went to firefighters and ambulances. The local authority was also sensitized because of the damage to traffic lights and guardrails.
“The driver of the ambulance was slightly injured and a passenger was seriously injured. The driver of the car was seriously injured.
“The road was closed to allow emergency services to deal with the incident. It reopened around 11:35 pm.”
The spokesperson confirmed that the injured passenger in the ambulance was not a patient.
A Christchurch fire engine attended the scene, however, no firefighting action was required.
The crew secured the scene by fixing a fuel leak from the ambulance before returning to the station shortly after 9 p.m.