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Ambulance crash deaths trial: Richard Husband cleared

New Forest ambulance crash
Image caption The ambulance was on its way to Southampton General Hospital

A driver whose car crashed into an ambulance, killing a paramedic and a patient, has been cleared of causing two deaths by careless driving.

Richard Husband, 26, said he checked his mirror but did not see the vehicle, which was on a 999 call last year.

Gillian Randall, 42, who was driving the ambulance, and patient Francis Ironside, 88, were killed when the ambulance hit a tree in the New Forest.

A jury at Bournemouth Crown Court cleared Mr Husband of both counts.

In a statement to police, Mr Husband, of New Forest Drive, Brockenhurst, said he had been transporting three teenage pupils in his Seat Alhambra people carrier in his role as a school support worker.

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Image caption Ambulance driver Gillian Randall died at the scene of the crash

They had been playing loud music and he had repeatedly told them to turn it down, the court heard.

The car in front of Mr Husband had slowed on the A337 near Lyndhurst on 26 April after seeing the ambulance, which was attempting to overtake both vehicles.

As the ambulance drew level, Mr Husband pulled to pass the car in front but collided with the 999 vehicle which then left the road, Bournemouth Crown Court heard.

A crew member and a relative of the patient, who were in the back of the ambulance, were seriously injured.

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