Talk­ing it over helps

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Scot­tish Am­bu­lance Ser­vice tech­ni­cian and stu­dent para­medic Tany El­lis says talk­ing to col­leagues af­ter at­tend­ing a fa­tal crash is im­por­tant.

She said:“Over the years I’ve prob­a­bly at­tended 20 fa­tal car ac­ci­dents.

“Young peo­ple tend to get as many peo­ple in a car, put the mu­sic up and away they go.

“When we ar­rive on scene it’s like ev­ery­thing is go­ing in slow mo­tion, just tak­ing one step and then the next step.

“I’m think­ing‘Is this per­son breath­ing, are they trapped?’

“You’re pray­ing that they’re go­ing to speak back.

“Every fa­tal­ity I’ve been to I can re­mem­ber and I could tell you about in great de­tail.

“It seems to be im­planted in your mem­ory.”

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