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Drivers abuse paramedics whose ambulance had broken down on way to M6 crash

An ambulance crew who conked out on their way to a crash on the M6 were sworn at by foul-mouthed drivers. The medics were travelling to the six-vehicle crash which closed part of the motorway near Corley Services1 last Thursday, when their vehicle suffered a rear tyre blowout. While they waited on the hard shoulder, they say they were abused by passing drivers who hurled expletives at them – including one HGV driver who even stopped to call the crew t*ats.

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A shocked crew member later took to social media to ask: What has happened to society? They tweeted2 a picture of the ambulance on the hard shoulder and said: When I was growing up, I had so much respect for ambulance, police, fire services, as well as all public services.

This isn t the first occasion of receiving abuse from the public, just for doing my job.

We re here to help not to be abused . We re so lucky to have the services available to us 24/7…without the services and I m sure people s attitude would change.

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Two other ambulances and a paramedic attended the multiple crash, which involved eight people . Two patients were taken to University Hospital in Coventry with minor injuries while the others were uninjured. A West Midlands Ambulance Service3 spokesman said: It is completely unacceptable to hear of staff receiving verbal abuse after responding to help people in their hour of need.

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We have a zero tolerance policy in place and works extremely hard to bring the full weight of the law to bear on anyone who attacks our staff, physically or verbally .

It remains hugely disappointing that any of our staff should have to suffer from such abuse. The incident also sparked outrage on Twitter, with JT French posting: What the hell is wrong with people ? I m disgusted, utterly disgusted…these people should be utterly ashamed of themselves!


  1. ^ Corley Services (www.coventrytelegraph.net)
  2. ^ tweeted (www.coventrytelegraph.net)
  3. ^ West Midlands Ambulance Service (www.coventrytelegraph.net)

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