Watch BMW driver refuse to move car as he blocks ambulance from getting … – Mirror.co.uk
This shocking video shows an ambulance being blocked from getting a patient to hospital – thanks to a stalemate between two other cars.
A BMW driver and a Tesco delivery van blocked the medical team from getting through a railway tunnel in Brighton, East Sussex, and had an argument about who had right of way on the street,
But since then, the BMW driver has admitted: “In hindsight maybe I should have just reversed.”
The stalemate arose on Tongdean Lane at the tunnel which operates on a give-way system.
The BMW and Tesco drivers got out of their cars and started arguing over who should reverse when the ambulance arrived at the scene on Monday.
An eyewitness who was stuck in the backlog of traffic filmed the confrontation which involved two South East Coast Ambulance Service paramedics and driver of the BMW.
In the video one paramedic is heard saying: “You’re obstructing a patient getting to hospital.”
To which the BMW driver says: “No I’m not.”
One of the paramedics is then seen walking over to the BMW driver and saying “get in your car.”
After the video was posted on social media by a Tesco delivery driver, the BMW driver faced a barrage of abuse.
He was accused of being selfish and was called offensive names.
The BMW driver said he has filed a formal complaint to South East Coast Ambulance Service about the drivers’ behaviour towards him and asked the van driver to remove the video from the internet.
He said: “I’ve have been subjected to mob rule on social media.”
“I have been portrayed as the kind of person who would rather let someone die in an ambulance than move my car and that’s not the case,” he continued.
“In hindsight maybe I should have just reversed. The van driver could have moved a few feet and the ambulance would have been able to get through.”
Sussex Police said they had been called about an obstruction involving a van at 3pm on Monday but had not attended.
A spokesman for South East Coast Ambulance Service said that the ambulance and paramedic car were believed to have arrived coincidentally at the same time.
He added: “We’re unable to comment on the specifics of this incident but would urge all members of the public, the vast majority of who are extremely co-operative, to listen to paramedics instructions and make way any emergency vehicle quickly.”