An ambulance answering an emergency call collided with a car queuing for a petrol station in Bromley on Saturday night.
In video footage, the ambulance is flashing its blue light and blowing its siren as it tries to cross a long line of vehicles on Bromley Hill that is waiting to be refueled at Shell Station.
The ambulance slows down, attempts to navigate the queue but collides into the side of one of the cars.
Witness Miller Blaine told Mirror That the queue was blocking all through traffic while the ambulance was trying to reach the state of emergency.
“Eventually the ambulance hits the back of one of the cars parked in the queue, with a distinctive noise and pieces of the car’s rear lights falling on the road,” he said.
“The ambulance turned off the siren, parked and went to talk to the people in the car – as they should by law.
“But possibly, somewhere in a desperate state lies a victim who needs immediate medical attention.”
A spokesman for the London Ambulance Service said: “We can confirm that one of our ambulances was involved in a collision with another vehicle at Bromley Hill at around 6.55am (25 September) while a patient was called at a blue light Was.
“As a result of the incident, the ambulance was briefly out of service and various ambulance crews joined the patient.”
The accident comes amid a fuel-buying frenzy, following reports that a handful of petrol stations are running out of fuel.
Last week BP announced it would do some fuel delivery due to a shortage of HGV drivers. Since then, petrol stations have been flooded, and long queues have been reported across the country. BP has since estimated that 10 to 15 percent of their petrol stations across the UK run out of at least one grade of fuel and said a small number have had to close entirely.
The Road Haulage Association estimates that there is a shortage of around 100,000 HGV drivers, contributing to the petrol crisis.
But Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the government’s new temporary worker visa package for foreign lorry drivers announced on Saturday would address the issue.
Although the new package will only extend 5,000 new temporary visas, he said the lack of delivery to petrol stations was actually much less than that.
“The important thing about this is that, for example, if you look at the distribution to petrol stations, the shortage of drivers is very small – 100 to 200 drivers,” he told the BBC. Andrew Marr Show.
“There isn’t a dramatic reduction in drivers, in fact it’s been like this for a long time.”
He said the queues for petrol were likely to be the “solution” itself, as the storage behavior was more difficult with fuel than with household items such as toilet roll or pasta.
Mr Schapps also called on drivers to be “sane” and fill up their cars only when needed, assuring the public that “plenty of fuel” is available.
Despite the cabinet minister’s optimistic outlook, the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) remained concerned about procurement due to panic at the pumps, which dried up the premises.
bbc radio 4s. speaking on the world this weekendBrian Maderson, president of PRA, said: “In a very short period of time, this panic buying has created really serious problems.
“I’ve talked to a lot of my members this morning,” he said. “They serve main roads, rural areas, urban roads, and anywhere between 50 and 90 percent of them are currently dry, and those that are not dry are partially dry and are ending soon.
He said that since pumps were running low, oil companies were prioritizing deliveries in motorway service areas, which led to drivers pressuring petrol stations on major highways.
He said a service station on Saturday recorded a 500 per cent increase in demand as compared to a week ago.
Like Mr Scapes, the PRA president reassured the public that Britain has too much fuel, but said the government is “loathed to recognize” that it is idle in refineries and storage facilities. Mr Maderson said the most important factor preventing fuel from reaching motorists was the “limited number of trained drivers”, due to panic and long queues at petrol stations.
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