Ambulance on 999 call gets stuck for 30 MINUTES due to controversial traffic experimentAn ambulance on an blue-light call got stuck for 30 minutes due to a controversial traffic experiment to divert big lorries through a sleepy village. Paramedics were on their way to a patient in an emergency when they met an oncoming HGV on the narrow C13 road in Melbury Abbas, Dorset. The two vehicles attempted to pass each other but ended up getting wedged in the tight space. After a few minutes it became clear the ambulance was unable to pull clear and the crew radioed for another one to be sent to the casualty. It arrived about an hour after the initial 999 call - a delay of about 30 minutes. It is the latest jam to blight the picturesque village which is getting blocked up to 20 times a week with lorries following the ridiculous decision to re-route them. Highways chiefs at Dorset County Council put up signs directing southbound HGVs to use the C13 road in Melbury Abbas instead of the main A350 which runs parallel to it. Northbound HGVs remain unaffected and the idea is to create an unofficial one-way system for lorries. It is part of a 2.5m strategy to improve the A350. However, villagers say the change has created chaos and are urging the local authority to ditch the experiment. Read MoreRelated ArticlesGraphic hospital bed pictures reveal horrific injuries suffered by teacher after brutal attack by ex-pupil The ambulance was met with an HGV (Image: mirror.co
.uk) The ambulance became stuck at around 12.20pm on Monday while on its way
to the patient at 经典时时彩软件手机版 an address eight miles north in Gillingham. After the paramedics told call handlers about the accident they were called off and a rapid response vehicle followed by a second ambulance were sent instead. The ambulance didnt arrive at the address until 12.43pm, almost an hour aft
er the initial call. South Western Ambulance Service classed t
he call as a category two, for serious but not life threatening conditions. Melbury Abbas resident Roy Faulkner, 57, said: I heard the sirens going right outside my house so looked out and saw a big lorry squeezing past the ambulance. But right behind it was an even bigger one and the ambulance had to stop completely, the two vehicles were just wedged together as neither could get past. After sitting there for a while the paramedics called in to say that theyd been in an accident and they wouldnt be able to get where they were going. Its really worrying because these emergency vehicles obviously need to be wherever theyre going in the quickest possible time
. This has all come about because of the signs directing lorries this way, its ridiculous. We get fire engines coming through here sometimes too so theres a danger that one of them will get itself into a position like this. Jams like this could actually cost someones life one day. William Kenealy, chairman of Melbury Abbas and Cann Parish Council, said: The road is physically too small for so many vehicles of such great size to pass through. The structure of the road and the nature of traffic passing through it at the moment means jams are continually occurring. The issue is even more concerning when you see pictures like this, which show an emergency vehicle getting stuck. The one way system put in place by the council needs to be looked at again, its obviously not working. Read MoreRelated ArticlesMan left with horrific facial injuries after aggressive and violent driver launched brutal road rage attack The traffic jam caused a 30 minute delay in reaching the 999 patient (Imag
e: mirror.co.uk) A spokesman for South Western Ambulance Service said: A call was received from the NHS 111 service relating to a patient at an address in Gillingham. An ambulance was on its way to the scene within a few minutes but was involved in an incident at Melbury Abbas. A paramedic in a rapid response vehicle was then dispatched and attended the patients address. The patient was treated at the scene and a second ambulance took the patient to Salisbury District Hospital for further treatment. A spokesman for Dorset County Council said they are looking into Mondays incident. Andrew Martin, service director for highways and emergency planning at the council, said: In 2016 we implemented an advisory one-way system for HGVs to reduce the chances of two HGVs passing on the narrow parts of both the C13 and A350 roads between Shaftesbury and Blandford. We were recently awarded 2.5million of government funding for a range of improvements on these two roads. We are currently consulting with local communities on a range of options and are listening to their feedback. This incident and others will be investigated to help us find the best solutions to keep traffic and freight moving safely and freely.