'It's not just high speeds, it's the little things...'

One quarter of accidents are caused by hitting stationary objects.
One quarter of accidents are caused by hitting stationary objects.
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Almost one quarter of the 2,295 collisions happened after ambulances hit a stationary vehicle or “object”, the figures obtained by a Freedom of Information request by the YEP show.

And 117 trust vehicles were hit while parked during the two-year period.

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Some 221 of the crashes occurred after an ambulance “reversed into a stationary object” or vehicle, the figures show.

Yorkshire paramedic Steve Krebs said he believed the majority of the collisions would likely have been minor bumps or scrapes at low speeds, which he says can be difficult to avoid in high-pressure situations on busy roads.

“It’s not just about high speed stuff, it’s little things like going through narrow streets or misjudging things slightly through tiredness. There is also the environment, wind, snow, ice and rain.”

Across the county, one fifth of the total number of collisions happened in the Leeds, Bradford and Airedale district.

A total of 416 occurred in South Yorkshire, and there were 320 during the two-year period across Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield.

In North Yorkshire, 277 collisions took place and there were 197 in East Yorkshire.

More than 250 trust vehicles were hit by moving vehicles or objects, according to the data.

The figures show 20 pedestrians and 16 animals were also involved in crashes with the vehicles.

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