Driver in his 20s dies after his car collides with a fire engine on its way back to base from emergency call

  •  Motorist crashed into the fire engine while driving in the New Forest
  •  Both cars veered off the road into trees close to busy nearby campsite
  •  Police and paramedics attended the scene but man was pronounced dead
  • One firefighter taken to Southampton General Hospital with minor injuries

A young driver has died after a fire engine collided with his car in the New Forest.

The man's Ford Puma was hit by the fire engine shortly before 11pm on Saturday night.

The driver, in his 20s, died at the scene despite the efforts of paramedics to save his life.

The fire engine ploughed off the road and ended up in the undergrowth among trees close to a campsite.

The man's Ford Puma was hit by the fire engine while driving in the New Forest shortly before 11pm on Saturday night

The man's Ford Puma was hit by the fire engine while driving in the New Forest shortly before 11pm on Saturday night

One firefighter was taken to Southampton General Hospital with minor injuries from the smash on the A337 between Lyndhurst and Brockenhurst.

The fire crew from Winchester had been returning to its base after being called out to a gas leak at a petrol station in Lymington.

Hampshire Police officers were today examining the scene to establish how the two vehicles collided.

The fire engine ploughed off the road and ended up in the undergrowth among trees close to a campsite

The fire engine ploughed off the road and ended up in the undergrowth among trees close to a campsite

A Hampshire Police spokesman said: 'Hampshire Constabulary and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service are working together to establish the circumstances.'

A Hampshire Fire & Rescue spokesman confirmed that the fire engine was not operating under emergency conditions at the time of the fatal crash.

The fire engine had been carrying specialist equipment for dealing with hazardous materials.

Its crew had evacuated the area around the petrol station and isolated the leak.

A section of the A337 was closed after the crash but has since reopened.