A North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) emergency ambulance had to be taken out of service on Monday after it was severely damaged in what has been described as a ‘senseless attack’.
The incident took place on the M6 in Lancashire as the emergency ambulance crew were taking a patient to hospital.
As they approached an overhead bridge, the crew noticed an HGV in front swerve out of the way.
Before they knew it, an orange traffic cone was hurtling towards them, having been thrown from the bridge above.
A spokesperson for NWAS said:
“It was a very close call for the crew and their patient, but thankfully all escaped unharmed.
“However the attack caused extensive damage to the ambulance, with the windscreen, cab and emergency lights all needing significant repairs.
“It will now be unable to respond to emergencies for at least a week”.
Image credit: NWAS
Sector Manager Dave Stuart said:
“We’re appalled that anyone would think dropping traffic cones onto oncoming traffic is in any way a good idea.
“While attacks like this are thankfully few and far between, they are wholly unacceptable and very frightening for our staff.
“The ambulance that was hit is now with our mechanics to assess the extent of the damage and the repairs needed to get it back on the road and responding to patients.
“On this occasion we feel lucky that we are only having to deal with a damaged vehicle, and that our staff and the patient escaped uninjured.
“What these people need to realise is that this irresponsible behaviour is incredibly dangerous and could quite easily have had more severe – potentially even fatal – consequences.”
Police have been informed of the incident, and an investigation is on-going. It is not known if the incident was caught on CCTV.
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