Monday 13th March 2017 – 10.40am – Murray MacGregor.
An elderly cardiac patient being taken to hospital had his treatment delayed and a crew was left shocked after a man threw a stone at an ambulance travelling on a dual carriageway, shattering the window.
The incident happened at just after midnight on Sunday morning on the southbound carriageway of the A449 near the Mitre Oak pub.
A second ambulance had to be sent to take the patient to hospital. A paramedic area support officer and West Mercia Police attended the scene to try and find the attacker.
Emergency Medical Technician, Steve Hopkins, was driving the vehicle at the time: “We were taking an elderly patient with suspected cardiac related chest pains into Worcestershire Royal Hospital when we were coming down the A449.
“I remember seeing three lads, who were probably late teens, dressed in black who were walking towards Kidderminster. At the last minute I caught sight of the one in the middle throwing something and the next second the passenger window in the cab exploded covering me in glass.
“It was a real shock but thankfully I wasn’t hurt. To be honest, I was more concerned about our patient. It’s a stressful enough situation without something like this happening.
“I just can’t understand why anyone would do something like this to any vehicle, never mind an ambulance. The potential for a crash and serious injuries is enormous.”
WMAS Security and Safety Manager, Steve Elliker, added: “Although police did attend and searched the area, there was no trace of the three youths.
“No-one can defend their actions. We would appeal for anyone who knows anything about this incident to contact police.
“Thankfully, no-one was seriously hurt, but we could easily have ended up with the vehicle leaving the road and then who knows what could have happened.
“Someone knows who did this. I would urge you to do the right thing and pass on your information to police or Crimestoppers.”
Anyone with information should call 101 and quote incident 2S of 12th March. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.