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Clitheroe left gridlocked after elderly woman falls in road

Police close a Citheroe town centre road after an elderly woman falls from her wheelchair and has to wait more than an hour and a half for an ambulance. (s)

Police close a Citheroe town centre road after an elderly woman falls from her wheelchair and has to wait more than an hour and a half for an ambulance. (s)

 

Clitheroe town centre was left gridlocked after an elderly woman fell out of her wheelchair and had to wait almost an hour and a half for an ambulance.

The incident happened at around 2-15 pm today (Friday) in the centre of Wellgate – one of Clitheroe’s main town centre roads.

A spokesman for Clitheroe police said the elderly lady was with her family at the time when she fell out of her wheelchair sustaining a facial injury.

It is believed she could not be moved because of pre-existing medical conditions, but despite calling the emergency services, local police officers were forced to close Wellgate when an ambulance failed to arrive.

The lady’s family attempted to look after her as she laid on the tarmac in the middle of the road and a local off duty First Responder also stopped to help.

Police officers have already had to close Wellgate for more than an hour and a half.

The vicar of Clitheroe Parish Church, the Rev. Andy Froud was a passerby at the time of the incident.

He said: “I would not like to be laid out over the road for over an hour, It says something when the system has no slack in it. I think it is poor.

“The lady is also fortunate it is not tipping it down with rain.

“I don’t think it has been the emergency service’s best day.”

 

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