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Student paramedic killed in Burton crash

A student paramedic from Stretton has died in a crash involving an ambulance and a car in Burton.

Emergency services were called to the Anslow Road junction with Belmot Road at around 5.45pm yesterday (3rd July).

Thirty-one-year-old Tammy Minshall, a university student paramedic from Stretton, sadly passed away at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham as a result of her injuries. 

Specialist officers continue to support Tammy’s family and they have requested that their privacy is respected at this difficult time. 

Two other members of the ambulance crew were assessed at the scene and taken to Queens Hospital Burton for a check-up but were later discharged.

The woman driving the car was transported by land ambulance to Queens Hospital Burton for further treatment for non-life threatening injuries.

Officers from the Staffordshire and West Midlands Serious Collision Investigation Unit continue to investigate the incident. 

West Midlands Ambulance Service says it will work closely with police on the investigation.

Trust Chief Executive Anthony Marsh said: “This is an incident that will affect every member of our staff. Our staff deal with difficult incidents every day, but to lose one of your colleagues will always make it that much harder. We are very lucky to have so many student paramedics who want to work with us and it is tragic that someone who showed so much promise has died doing the job that they loved.”

Tammy, who was 31, was a first year Staffordshire University student paramedic who had been on placement with West Midlands Ambulance Service at Lichfield ambulance hub since May.

The Trust’s Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer, Nathan Hudson, said: “I offer my sincere condolences to Tammy’s family and friends and my thoughts remain with them at this truly terrible time.

“When it is one of your own, it really hurts and we as an ambulance service are hurting now.  We’re taking the time to provide support to all of our staff who have been affected and continue to offer our support to Tammy’s family at this time.

“We have been overwhelmed with the kindness and support of people who have sent messages of condolence. It is truly humbling and reflects the high esteem that people in our profession, like Tammy, are held in.”

Staffordshire University Dean of the School of Health and Social Care, Ann Ewans, said: “This has come as a huge blow to our University and our thoughts are with the family and friends of Tammy who has tragically lost her life. We will be working with our staff and students to help them come to terms with what has happened.”

If you witnessed the collision or have dash-cam footage that could assist with the investigation, please contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident 619 of 3 July.

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