Ambulance was blocked by truck
ON WEDNESDAY night I went to see the arrival of the Olympic Torch.
I stood at the junction of Stoke Road and Avenue Road.
The evening was very good. It was great to see the Olympic Flame on route to Hanley Park.
I have never seen so many outriders as I did on that night, there were something like 20 police motorcyclists in the procession.
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The police had the road closed at Snow Hill and again at the junction of Cemetery Road so no traffic could get down the street.
But at the junction with Avenue Road the council had parked a big yellow truck across the road.
While standing there a police officer came running up to the council workers telling them an ambulance was coming.
There was no way the truck could be moved safely due to the amount of people around it. The ambulance appeared and the ambulance crew walked down to the casualty.
Luckily the casualty was able to walk to the ambulance.
This was a stupid idea by someone from the council.
Why not just have barriers there, where the barriers could easily be removed and the crowds parted to allow emergency vehicle access?
Other than the council worker who decided to park the truck across the road, the whole event was well organised and also well marshalled.
PA BALL Bucknall