London paramedic dies after motorcycle crash with van and truck during training course

A London paramedic has tragically been killed while participating in a training course in North Wales. Mark Pell, 51, had been admitted to hospital following a crash between two motorcycles, a van and a pick-up truck, during a training course on April 7, but died today (April 13). He had been serving the London Ambulance Service for almost 28 years.

Mark joined the London Ambulance Service in August 1994 as a Qualified Ambulance Person – a job title he was extremely proud of. He spent most of his career at Whipps Cross and Buckhurst Hill ambulance stations in Leytonstone and Redbridge before joining the Motorcycle Response Unit (MRU). During the pandemic, Mark was a mentor with the Operational Placement Centre at Ilford.

Chief executive of the London Ambulance Service Daniel Elkeles said Mark was known by his colleagues as the “mother hen” who always wanted to make sure all his colleagues and all equipment was taken care of. He added: “I hear it was not uncommon to see Mark three hours after his shift had ended; tidying up, restocking and generally ensuring the station had what it needed to run efficiently.”

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Elkeles paid tribute to Mark’s service with the LAS, saying: “Mark will be remembered for the absolute care and support that he offered to his colleagues, which was only surpassed by the care and compassion he gave to his patients. Mark undoubtedly exemplified everything that is great about the London Ambulance Service, and London and Londoners owe him a massive debt of gratitude for his 28 years of dedicated service. He will be greatly missed.

“My thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Mark’s father, Roger, mother, Marilyn, sister, Sarah, and partner, Sarah Jane at this extremely difficult time. I am also thinking of Mark’s wider family, friends and colleagues across the Service. We would ask that people continue to respect the privacy of Mark’s friends, family and loved ones at this time.”

The London Ambulance Service announced the death on social media, saying it brings the service “great sadness.”

The crash happened in Pentrefoelas in North Wales last week, and the road was closed for several hours following the four vehicle crash. Another MRU paramedic was riding the other motorcycle involved in the crash. He was also admitted to hospital, but has since been discharged.

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