A DRIVER suffered serious head injuries in a weekend crash.
And as an ambulance went to his rescue, that too was involved in a smash.
The ambulance driver suffered serious neck injuries.
Torrential rain played a part in both accidents, say police.
The crashes – the first at Todmorden, the second at Mytholmroyd – happened within an hour of each other as rain lashed Calderdale on Saturday afternoon.
The first accident happened opposite the bus depot in Halifax Road, Todmorden, when two cars collided.
The driver of one, a 69-year-old Todmorden man, suffered injuries initially feared to be potentially fatal.
As an ambulance came down the valley to the scene, it was involved in a crash with a car in Burnley Road, Mytholmroyd. Its driver needed hospital treatment for neck injuries.
PC Gary Inman said: "The heavy downpours played a huge part, creating terrible road conditions.
"In the first crash, one car was overtaking a parked car and collided with a car coming the other way. Initially we treated the man's injuries as potentially fatal.
"As an ambulance was coming through traffic on its way to Todmorden, it was involved in a collision with a car."
The Todmorden man was taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary in a second ambulance. His condition was described as serious but stable.
A third ambulance took the injured 999 driver to Calderdale Royal Infirmary. He was discharged later that night.
The 18-year-old driver of the Fiat Brava in the crash with the ambulance is thought to have escaped injury, as did the 79-year-old Nottingham man involved in the crash at Todmorden.
Halifax Road was shut for five hours and Burnley Road was down to one lane for several hours.