An investigation is underway after an ambulance carrying an ill patient between two hospitals was destroyed by fire while en-route on the M3 motorway in the early hours of last Saturday morning, it has emerged.
The patient was being brought from Cavan General Hospital to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin when the incident occurred close to the Navan South exit on the motorway at around 1.20am.
The crew managed to get out of the vehicle after they first noticed smoke coming from underneath the bonnet of the vehicle. They evacuated the ambulance along with the patient and a nurse accompanying the patient. Ambulance Control contacted the emergency services and Navan Fire Service rushed to the scene within minutes. It is understood the Mercedes-Benz vehicle was gutted by the fire.
A second ambulance was immediately dispatched which conveyed the patient to hospital, the HSE said, adding that a technical investigation will take place into the incident.