Paramedic hurt in 'vicious attack' by ambulance worker at accident scene
A private ambulance service‚ Emer-G-Med‚ says one of its employees was involved in a "vicious attack" by another ambulance worker.
The incident occurred on the R55 in Midrand on Monday afternoon after two ambulance providers were summoned to a scene of an accident involving several vehicles.
Emer-G-Med said it had dispatched an advanced life-support unit‚ primary-care ambulance and a paramedic team who on arrival at the scene treated several injured patients.
"While one of our intermediate life-support members was actively treating a patient‚ he was viciously assaulted by what appears to have been an ambulance driver of a small ambulance service.
"Our advanced life-support paramedic intervened‚ removed our ILS member out of harm's way and continued rendering emergency care to injured patients‚" read Emer-G-Med's statement.
The injured medic‚ who has not been identified‚ was taken to hospital after the "unprovoked" attack.
Emer-G-Med rejected a claim that its employee had stabbed the ambulance worker.
"Our ILS member - who was the victim of an unprovoked and deliberate attack - was taken to hospital and treated for facial lacerations and a ruptured eardrum. He is also undergoing trauma counselling‚" said Emer-G-Med.
A case of assault was opened with the police by Emer-G-Med‚ confirmed police spokesperson Capt Steve Malatji.
The fight was allegedly started by a paramedic belonging to another service‚ according to the complaint to the police.
"Apparently‚ a member from the crew of [another service] started to shout at the guys who were busy helping the injured and they ignored him and kept doing their job. He got frustrated and enraged by their [ignoring him]‚ he insulted them‚" said Malatji.
"Still they went on without answering him. Then he hit one of the guys‚ who then suffered a broken eardrum."
Attempts to reach the other ambulance service being accused of the attack were unsuccessful at the time of publishing.
Source: TMG Digital.
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