Rescue helicopter trying to land in Lache delayed by youths


Staff reporter (Chester First)

POLICE have blasted onlookers who refused to move to allow an air ambulance called out to deal with a crash victim to land in Chester.

Sgt Rachel Gallagher said the group who were standing close to the scene of the crash in Cliveden Road, Lache, caused the rescue operation to be delayed by nearly half an hour.

She said: “Thankfully the injuries were not life-threatening because some of the onlookers at the scene refused to co-operate with the police meaning that that air ambulance could not land safely which delayed the rescue effort by almost 30 minutes.

"The helicopter had to land in a nearby school's grounds and the casualty had to be conveyed to the air ambulance before she could be airlifted to hospital for vital medical attention.

"I hope those who were responsible realise their actions delayed a child who was seriously injured from getting to hospital."

The group of teenagers were said to have refused to move from a nearby field, where the helicopter crew had intended to land, despite being asked repeatedly by police officers at the scene.

Police are still appealing for witnesses to the collision on Monday, at 3.51pm, where the 12-year-old girl stepped off the roundabout island to cross Cliveden Road when she collided with a silver Vauxhall Vectra which had been travelling round the roundabout.

The girl received serious but not life threatening injuries and was taken to Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Liverpool, by air ambulance.

The air ambulance eventually landed in the grounds of Lache Primary School and the injured schoolgirl was moved fron the scene of the crash to the helicopter.

Anyone with information in relation to the collision can contact police on 101 quoting incident number 551 of March 13, 2014.

See full story in the Chester Leader

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