London paramedic dies after motorbike crash with van and lorry during training course

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

Mark joined the London Ambulance Service in August 1994 as a Qualified Paramedic – a title of which he was extremely proud. 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 has been a mentor at Ilford Operational Placement Centre.

London Ambulance Service chief executive Daniel Elkeles said Mark was known to colleagues as the ‘mother hen’ who always wanted to make sure all his colleagues and equipment were taken care of. He added: “I’ve heard it’s not uncommon to see Mark three hours into his shift; tidying up, restocking and generally making sure the station has what it needs to operate effectively.”

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Elkeles paid tribute to Mark’s service with LAS, saying: “Mark will be remembered for the absolute care and support he provided to his colleagues, who was second only to the care and compassion he has lavished on his patients. Mark has undoubtedly exemplified all that is so dear to the London Ambulance Service, and London and Londoners owe him a huge debt of gratitude for his 28 years of dedicated service.

“My thoughts and deepest condolences go out to Mark’s father, Roger, his mother, Marilyn, his sister, Sarah, and his partner, Sarah Jane, at this extremely difficult time. I am also thinking of the extended family , to Mark’s friends and colleagues across the Service. We would like to ask people to 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 brought “great sadness” to the service.

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

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