Am­bu­lance out­side El­phin­stone a mute spec­ta­tor to may­hem


ON a day dis­as­ter of such mag­ni­tude oc­curred, why was the am­bu­lance EMS (Emer­gency Med­i­cal Ser­vice)108 out­side El­phin­stone Road sta­tion not func­tional, sim­ply stand­ing, with no doc­tor or para­medic in­side? This is the ques­tion com­muters are ask­ing.

Am­bu­lances from other lo­ca­tions had to be rushed to the site, and un­til those ar­rived, com­muters and lo­cals had to move the in­jured to the main road.

Help un­der lock and key

“On the south side of the bridge, there is a park­ing space for am­bu­lance; one is al­ways sta­tioned there. It is not clear why it was not used this morn­ing. Had a doc­tor or a para­medic been read­ily avail­able, some lives could have been saved in the golden hour,” said a local.

A com­muter said peo­ple had to carry the in­jured to the main road after the ac­ci­dent, and had the am­bu­lance been op­er­a­tional, the med­i­cal equip­ment in­side the ve­hi­cle could have come in handy.

When mid-day vis­ited the site two hours after the in­ci­dent, it found the ve­hi­cle still stand­ing at the spot, locked, with civic of­fi­cials us­ing it as a help desk.

‘Prompt re­sponse’

Se­nior pro­ject con­sul­tant for EMS Dilip Jad­hav said driv­ers and doc­tors were al­ways avail­able in these am­bu­lances and he had no idea why this one was not used yes­ter­day. “We were, however, prompt once we were in­formed of the ac­ci­dent. We re­ceived the first call at 10.47 am, and our am­bu­lances from other spots were on the way by 10.52 am to reach the site for res­cue work. Twelve am­bu­lances were used to shift 16 vic­tims,” he added.

The am­bu­lance on the south side of the bridge re­mained locked with no doc­tor or para­medic around dur­ing the mishap

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