Casualty fans fear for Iain’s future after colleague’s traumatic death

What punishment lies ahead?

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Hospital drama Casualty has killed off one of its characters in a dramatic episode involving a 13-car pile-up and explosion.

The first episode of the 33rd series of the BBC One medical drama saw paramedic Sam Nicholls (played by Charlotte Salt) fatally injured after a piece of shrapnel flew into her side during the explosion caused by a fuel tanker involved in the car accident.

Paramedic Sam’s death came as a shock (Credit: BBC)

Sam’s injury wasn’t discovered until telling fellow paramedic Iain Dean (played by Michael Stevenson) it was “too late” and she died in the back of an ambulance as he called for assistance.

Charlotte returned to the medical drama last year after a four-year absence from the series.

Her character, Sam, had previously been a doctor but returned as a paramedic.

Iain made an error in judgement (Credit: BBC)

Viewers watched as Iain crashed the ambulance he was driving, causing the massive motorway pile up.

He had swerved to avoid hitting a young woman jumping off a bridge.

The woman, Mia, was a patient he had visited, and someone who had previously struggled with mental health issues, but Iain brushed off her latest episode to leave and help one of the hospitals doctor’s Alicia Monroe (played by Chelsea Halfpenny) who had been injured.

Actor George Rainsford, who plays Dr Ethan Hardy, tweeted ahead of the episode to jokingly ask fans to let him know if his character died.

He tweeted again a couple of hours later to say that he didn’t know how the episode would play out, and joked about multiple endings being filmed.

Viewers were, naturally, upset about a favourite character being killed off…

But many are more concerned what this will mean for Iain…

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