‘Caring and compassionate’ paramedic dies after horror five-vehicle A5 crash

A “caring and supportive” paramedic died in hospital this morning after suffering serious injuries in a road traffic collision last week. Mark Pell was one of two paramedics injured in the five-vehicle crash near Pentrefoelas shortly before 2:30 pm on April 7.

The 51-year-old, who worked for the London Ambulance Service, was taking part in a training course with the North Wales Police Driver Training Unit at the time of the incident. The collision involved five vehicles – a HGV, a pick-up and three motorcycles.

Two paramedics were airlifted to the Royal Stoke University Hospital by the Welsh Air Ambulance. While two other individuals from the HGV were taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor by Ambulance.

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Officers from North Wales Police have launched a full investigation into the circumstances of the collision. The force is also appealing to anyone who may have been travelling on the road around the time of the road traffic collision to come forward.

Mr Pell, who has been described as a “mother hen”, always taking care of his colleagues leaves behind his father, Roger, mother, Marilyn, sister, Sarah, and partner, Sarah Jane.

The scene of the accident on the A5 near Pentrefoelas

Paying tribute to Mr Pell, London Ambulance Service Trust Chief Executive Daniel Elkeles said: “It is with immense sadness that I announce the death of our colleague, Mark Pell, who passed away today (13 April) having been admitted to hospital following a road traffic accident whilst on a training course in North Wales.

“Mark was 51 years old and joined the London Ambulance Service in August 1994. He joined us as a qualified ambulance person, a title I am told he was extremely proud of.

“He spent most of his career at Whipps Cross and Buckhurst Hill ambulance stations and, latterly, with the Motorcycle Response Unit (MRU). During the pandemic, Mark was a mentor with the operational placement centre at Ilford.

“I understand Mark was often referred to by his colleagues as the ‘mother hen’ – this was due to his desire to ensure everyone and everything was looked after. 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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“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.”

Chief Superintendent Alex Goss of North Wales Police said: “We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our Emergency Service colleagues, and our heartfelt sympathies go to Mr Pell’s family, friends and colleagues at this very difficult time.

The iconic lonely tree at Llyn Padarn, Llanberis, looking towards Snowdonia

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“A full investigation is underway to establish the circumstances of this collision and we appeal to anybody who may have been travelling along the A5 shortly before 2:30 pm on Thursday, 7 April, and who may have dashcam footage, to contact officers as soon as possible.”

Due to the involvement of the North Wales Police Driver Training Unit, and in line with normal procedures, the matter was referred to the IOPC (Independent Office of Police Conduct), who have determined that the investigation should be managed locally by North Wales Police.

Anybody with information should contact North Wales Police via the website or by calling 101, quoting reference number 22000239178.

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