UPDATED: Hunt for fleeing driver after car crashes head-on into ambulance in Astley Bridge

UPDATED: Hunt for fleeing driver after car crashes head-on into ambulance

The scene of the crash in Blackburn Road, Astley Bridge. Picture by Chris Hutchinson

The scene of the crash in Blackburn Road, Astley Bridge. Picture by Chris Hutchinson

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A DRIVER is being hunted by police after a head-on crash with an ambulance in Astley Bridge.

The accident happened in Blackburn Road at about 6.15am, when a BMW 325 Series smashed into an ambulance on the road near Crompton Way.

Police said the BMW driver ran from the scene and officers are still searching for him.

No-one was seriously injured in the crash, but the two paramedics suffered minor injuries and had to go to hospital.

The ambulance was on its way to an incident, and as such had no patients inside.

A section of the road was closed until 12.15pm while recovery workers removed the ambulance and clear debris from the road, but it has now fully reopened.

Traffic queued on the Bolton-bound side of the road between Moss Bank Way and Seymour Road.

Vehicles were diverted along Crompton Way.

Witnesses described the incident as a "head-on smash" between an ambulance and a car.

Chris Hutchinson, aged 28, of Milnholme, told The Bolton News: "I didn't witness the accident but must have just missed it.

"It looks like ambulance was heading down A666 and the BMW has either crossed its path coming from Moss Bank Way or they have collided head on with the BMW coming up the A666 turning right onto Crompton Way."


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A North West Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We can confirm that an ambulance was involved in collision with a BMW at 6.15am at the Crompton Way/Blackburn Road junction.

“A senior officer was dispatched to the scene.

“Two staff members were taken to Salford Royal Hospital with injuries. One has since been released.

“It is believed the ambulance was travelling to an incident. A second ambulance was dispatched to the original 999 call.

“We will work with Greater Manchester Police and undertake a full investigation into the incident.”

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8:58am Mon 21 Jul 14

catsden says...

Sound like another speeding driver, why run off if not , the roads would be a lot safer place without all the idiots, BAN them for life.
Sound like another speeding driver, why run off if not , the roads would be a lot safer place without all the idiots, BAN them for life. catsden
  • Score: 65

9:09am Mon 21 Jul 14

atlas123 says...

Are you sure about the time BN?

The clock on the screen cap shows 6:18!

It looks a bit dark for 7am too
Are you sure about the time BN? The clock on the screen cap shows 6:18! It looks a bit dark for 7am too atlas123
  • Score: 12

10:12am Mon 21 Jul 14

stepvan says...

I hope the Ambulance Crew and patient ( if aboard ) are ok and not hurt. I hope the driver of the car who ran off is found and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. And if he has dual nationality I hope he is deported.
I hope the Ambulance Crew and patient ( if aboard ) are ok and not hurt. I hope the driver of the car who ran off is found and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. And if he has dual nationality I hope he is deported. stepvan
  • Score: 40

10:24am Mon 21 Jul 14

Thatissowrong says...

stepvan wrote:
I hope the Ambulance Crew and patient ( if aboard ) are ok and not hurt. I hope the driver of the car who ran off is found and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. And if he has dual nationality I hope he is deported.
He will be, he won't be and he won't be.
[quote][p][bold]stepvan[/bold] wrote: I hope the Ambulance Crew and patient ( if aboard ) are ok and not hurt. I hope the driver of the car who ran off is found and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. And if he has dual nationality I hope he is deported.[/p][/quote]He will be, he won't be and he won't be. Thatissowrong
  • Score: 42

10:58am Mon 21 Jul 14

BlueRay79 says...

Another fleeing driver! What happened to cars being registered to ones address?
Another fleeing driver! What happened to cars being registered to ones address? BlueRay79
  • Score: 43

11:24am Mon 21 Jul 14

Chrome1 says...

Thatissowrong wrote:
stepvan wrote:
I hope the Ambulance Crew and patient ( if aboard ) are ok and not hurt. I hope the driver of the car who ran off is found and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. And if he has dual nationality I hope he is deported.
He will be, he won't be and he won't be.
Ha ha. Well done. Cracked me up
[quote][p][bold]Thatissowrong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stepvan[/bold] wrote: I hope the Ambulance Crew and patient ( if aboard ) are ok and not hurt. I hope the driver of the car who ran off is found and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. And if he has dual nationality I hope he is deported.[/p][/quote]He will be, he won't be and he won't be.[/p][/quote]Ha ha. Well done. Cracked me up Chrome1
  • Score: -17

11:28am Mon 21 Jul 14

lynda long legs says...

atlas123 wrote:
Are you sure about the time BN?

The clock on the screen cap shows 6:18!

It looks a bit dark for 7am too
I drove past at 6.10am and it had happened then, typical BN getting facts wrong again!!
[quote][p][bold]atlas123[/bold] wrote: Are you sure about the time BN? The clock on the screen cap shows 6:18! It looks a bit dark for 7am too[/p][/quote]I drove past at 6.10am and it had happened then, typical BN getting facts wrong again!! lynda long legs
  • Score: 14

1:05pm Mon 21 Jul 14

maxie1 says...

The crash scene was cleared at 12.30 p.m. NOT 12.15 a.m. Bolton News!
That would have meant it was cleared before the accident happened - do get a grip Bolton News reporters.
The crash scene was cleared at 12.30 p.m. NOT 12.15 a.m. Bolton News! That would have meant it was cleared before the accident happened - do get a grip Bolton News reporters. maxie1
  • Score: 26

1:39pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Rememberscarborough says...

I'm not saying this happened here (and probably not with a fleeing driver) but too many emergency vehicles approach major junctions without their sirens on. People then panic trying to get out of the way and then it becomes another accident waiting to happen.
I'm not saying this happened here (and probably not with a fleeing driver) but too many emergency vehicles approach major junctions without their sirens on. People then panic trying to get out of the way and then it becomes another accident waiting to happen. Rememberscarborough
  • Score: -3

2:33pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Youareatool says...

catsden wrote:
Sound like another speeding driver, why run off if not , the roads would be a lot safer place without all the idiots, BAN them for life.
Totally agree, harsher punishments would help but what would prevent them from just grabbing some keys and doing it again, that's the only issue.
[quote][p][bold]catsden[/bold] wrote: Sound like another speeding driver, why run off if not , the roads would be a lot safer place without all the idiots, BAN them for life.[/p][/quote]Totally agree, harsher punishments would help but what would prevent them from just grabbing some keys and doing it again, that's the only issue. Youareatool
  • Score: 5

2:37pm Mon 21 Jul 14

bolton74 says...

It happened at 6 am, we had just turned right down Blackburn road from moss bank way, we did not see the impact but if it is the blue car in the picture it was a woman in a white dress who got out of drivers seat!
It happened at 6 am, we had just turned right down Blackburn road from moss bank way, we did not see the impact but if it is the blue car in the picture it was a woman in a white dress who got out of drivers seat! bolton74
  • Score: 7

2:39pm Mon 21 Jul 14

goldie47 says...

whats the big issue about time?surely its all about catching the cowardly **** who done a runner
whats the big issue about time?surely its all about catching the cowardly **** who done a runner goldie47
  • Score: 7

2:43pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Oldmanofthemountains says...

So, didn't anyone see the driver running away, or is there something they're not telling us (again)?
So, didn't anyone see the driver running away, or is there something they're not telling us (again)? Oldmanofthemountains
  • Score: 4

3:06pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Regulatory Man says...

Dear Carolyn Font, or as you're more commonly known - Spamming retard. Your Aunt's BMW was not in fact Gold but was in fact the colour P**s Stained Yellow being that she wears one of those bags that takes the P**s much like your example.

As for the accident - Hope Crew are okay and the numbnut that hit it is caught very quickly and when they get their 100 hours community service assuming its such a stiff sentence that they are made to clean up the sick from the backs of Bolton's ambulances on a Saturday night.
Dear Carolyn Font, or as you're more commonly known - Spamming retard. Your Aunt's BMW was not in fact Gold but was in fact the colour P**s Stained Yellow being that she wears one of those bags that takes the P**s much like your example. As for the accident - Hope Crew are okay and the numbnut that hit it is caught very quickly and when they get their 100 hours community service assuming its such a stiff sentence that they are made to clean up the sick from the backs of Bolton's ambulances on a Saturday night. Regulatory Man
  • Score: 2

3:13pm Mon 21 Jul 14

catsden says...

Another mindless THUG, they should be banned for life, just hope they catch him and lock him and throw away the key, makes me sick, we are not safe on the roads anymore, the law is far too soft. Hope he rots.
Another mindless THUG, they should be banned for life, just hope they catch him and lock him and throw away the key, makes me sick, we are not safe on the roads anymore, the law is far too soft. Hope he rots. catsden
  • Score: 8

3:16pm Mon 21 Jul 14

catsden says...

Rememberscarborough wrote:
I'm not saying this happened here (and probably not with a fleeing driver) but too many emergency vehicles approach major junctions without their sirens on. People then panic trying to get out of the way and then it becomes another accident waiting to happen.
OK but why run off.
[quote][p][bold]Rememberscarborough[/bold] wrote: I'm not saying this happened here (and probably not with a fleeing driver) but too many emergency vehicles approach major junctions without their sirens on. People then panic trying to get out of the way and then it becomes another accident waiting to happen.[/p][/quote]OK but why run off. catsden
  • Score: 10

4:06pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Julian Thorpe says...

atlas123 wrote:
Are you sure about the time BN?

The clock on the screen cap shows 6:18!

It looks a bit dark for 7am too
It was actually 6.15am - sorry about that.
[quote][p][bold]atlas123[/bold] wrote: Are you sure about the time BN? The clock on the screen cap shows 6:18! It looks a bit dark for 7am too[/p][/quote]It was actually 6.15am - sorry about that. Julian Thorpe
  • Score: -48

4:07pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Julian Thorpe says...

maxie1 wrote:
The crash scene was cleared at 12.30 p.m. NOT 12.15 a.m. Bolton News!
That would have meant it was cleared before the accident happened - do get a grip Bolton News reporters.
This has also now been corrected. Apologies again.
[quote][p][bold]maxie1[/bold] wrote: The crash scene was cleared at 12.30 p.m. NOT 12.15 a.m. Bolton News! That would have meant it was cleared before the accident happened - do get a grip Bolton News reporters.[/p][/quote]This has also now been corrected. Apologies again. Julian Thorpe
  • Score: -72

4:25pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Heeell says...

I' m amazed it took so long to re-open Blackburn Rd as the ambulance was being loaded onto the truck at 7:30 and I presume the car had already been taken away by then.
And on a different note - wouldn't it be good if there was some way of notifying the poor saps (like me) waiting for a bus lower down Blackburn Rd!
I' m amazed it took so long to re-open Blackburn Rd as the ambulance was being loaded onto the truck at 7:30 and I presume the car had already been taken away by then. And on a different note - wouldn't it be good if there was some way of notifying the poor saps (like me) waiting for a bus lower down Blackburn Rd! Heeell
  • Score: 7

5:05pm Mon 21 Jul 14

MarkAllRead says...

catsden wrote:
Rememberscarborough wrote: I'm not saying this happened here (and probably not with a fleeing driver) but too many emergency vehicles approach major junctions without their sirens on. People then panic trying to get out of the way and then it becomes another accident waiting to happen.
OK but why run off.
The driver could be uninsured, banned, over the limit from the night before? That's the thing with driving illegally, an accident might be 100% someone else's fault, but if you're involved, you end up in big trouble anyway.
[quote][p][bold]catsden[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rememberscarborough[/bold] wrote: I'm not saying this happened here (and probably not with a fleeing driver) but too many emergency vehicles approach major junctions without their sirens on. People then panic trying to get out of the way and then it becomes another accident waiting to happen.[/p][/quote]OK but why run off.[/p][/quote]The driver could be uninsured, banned, over the limit from the night before? That's the thing with driving illegally, an accident might be 100% someone else's fault, but if you're involved, you end up in big trouble anyway. MarkAllRead
  • Score: 6

5:39pm Mon 21 Jul 14

steveG says...

Crash scene investigations do need to be more professionally and swiftly carried out, I'm sure this will be improved in the not too distant future as waiting six hours for the road to reopen borders on comical.
Crash scene investigations do need to be more professionally and swiftly carried out, I'm sure this will be improved in the not too distant future as waiting six hours for the road to reopen borders on comical. steveG
  • Score: 11

5:49pm Mon 21 Jul 14

albertmodley says...

Youareatool wrote:
catsden wrote:
Sound like another speeding driver, why run off if not , the roads would be a lot safer place without all the idiots, BAN them for life.
Totally agree, harsher punishments would help but what would prevent them from just grabbing some keys and doing it again, that's the only issue.
Sharia law my friend.Chop off both hands.
[quote][p][bold]Youareatool[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]catsden[/bold] wrote: Sound like another speeding driver, why run off if not , the roads would be a lot safer place without all the idiots, BAN them for life.[/p][/quote]Totally agree, harsher punishments would help but what would prevent them from just grabbing some keys and doing it again, that's the only issue.[/p][/quote]Sharia law my friend.Chop off both hands. albertmodley
  • Score: 0

6:07pm Mon 21 Jul 14

maxie1 says...

goldie47 wrote:
whats the big issue about time?surely its all about catching the cowardly **** who done a runner
Sloppy reporting is the issue!
[quote][p][bold]goldie47[/bold] wrote: whats the big issue about time?surely its all about catching the cowardly **** who done a runner[/p][/quote]Sloppy reporting is the issue! maxie1
  • Score: -5

6:11pm Mon 21 Jul 14

JustBecause says...

steveG wrote:
Crash scene investigations do need to be more professionally and swiftly carried out, I'm sure this will be improved in the not too distant future as waiting six hours for the road to reopen borders on comical.
My thoughts 6 hrs for a none serious accident is a joke, and BN get witnesses who see stuff and don't report hearsay from people making stuff up, cannot believe you printed someone's thoughts on what happened.
[quote][p][bold]steveG[/bold] wrote: Crash scene investigations do need to be more professionally and swiftly carried out, I'm sure this will be improved in the not too distant future as waiting six hours for the road to reopen borders on comical.[/p][/quote]My thoughts 6 hrs for a none serious accident is a joke, and BN get witnesses who see stuff and don't report hearsay from people making stuff up, cannot believe you printed someone's thoughts on what happened. JustBecause
  • Score: 16

7:05pm Mon 21 Jul 14

dennis11* says...

bolton74 wrote:
It happened at 6 am, we had just turned right down Blackburn road from moss bank way, we did not see the impact but if it is the blue car in the picture it was a woman in a white dress who got out of drivers seat!
cctv? dvla? how hard can it be to find a female driver of a car (registration known) who ran from an accident (allegedly) wearing a white dress?
[quote][p][bold]bolton74[/bold] wrote: It happened at 6 am, we had just turned right down Blackburn road from moss bank way, we did not see the impact but if it is the blue car in the picture it was a woman in a white dress who got out of drivers seat![/p][/quote]cctv? dvla? how hard can it be to find a female driver of a car (registration known) who ran from an accident (allegedly) wearing a white dress? dennis11*
  • Score: 3

8:37pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Percy Thrower says...

If the driver was over the alcohol limit then time has run out to do her for drink driving. I can't believe she has just disappeared, if you're reading this it's time to give yourself up. Things will get worse the longer you leave it.
If the driver was over the alcohol limit then time has run out to do her for drink driving. I can't believe she has just disappeared, if you're reading this it's time to give yourself up. Things will get worse the longer you leave it. Percy Thrower
  • Score: 1

8:58pm Mon 21 Jul 14

MissDemocracy says...

Dale Haslam should be fired! His reports are always inaccurate, full of errors in both grammar and spelling; and often written from completely the wrong angle. His first report of this incident suggested the biggest issue was that drivers would be struggling in traffic... so what? An ambulance was hit head on by a driver who sped off.... I'm sure that's more of a concern to the public!
Dale Haslam should be fired! His reports are always inaccurate, full of errors in both grammar and spelling; and often written from completely the wrong angle. His first report of this incident suggested the biggest issue was that drivers would be struggling in traffic... so what? An ambulance was hit head on by a driver who sped off.... I'm sure that's more of a concern to the public! MissDemocracy
  • Score: 7

10:00pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Oldmanofthemountains says...

MissDemocracy wrote:
Dale Haslam should be fired! His reports are always inaccurate, full of errors in both grammar and spelling; and often written from completely the wrong angle. His first report of this incident suggested the biggest issue was that drivers would be struggling in traffic... so what? An ambulance was hit head on by a driver who sped off.... I'm sure that's more of a concern to the public!
So, where are the spelling and grammatical errors in THIS article?
[quote][p][bold]MissDemocracy[/bold] wrote: Dale Haslam should be fired! His reports are always inaccurate, full of errors in both grammar and spelling; and often written from completely the wrong angle. His first report of this incident suggested the biggest issue was that drivers would be struggling in traffic... so what? An ambulance was hit head on by a driver who sped off.... I'm sure that's more of a concern to the public![/p][/quote]So, where are the spelling and grammatical errors in THIS article? Oldmanofthemountains
  • Score: -4

11:05pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Citizen Cane says...

BlueRay79 wrote:
Another fleeing driver! What happened to cars being registered to ones address?
2 million uninsured drivers, that's what happened to it - and the dvla/road cops are only interested in photographing legit drivers who are typically NOT going to hit and run. That is the one of the lies that the speed camera justification brigade dare not expose.
[quote][p][bold]BlueRay79[/bold] wrote: Another fleeing driver! What happened to cars being registered to ones address?[/p][/quote]2 million uninsured drivers, that's what happened to it - and the dvla/road cops are only interested in photographing legit drivers who are typically NOT going to hit and run. That is the one of the lies that the speed camera justification brigade dare not expose. Citizen Cane
  • Score: 4

11:22pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Oldmanofthemountains says...

Oldmanofthemountains wrote:
MissDemocracy wrote:
Dale Haslam should be fired! His reports are always inaccurate, full of errors in both grammar and spelling; and often written from completely the wrong angle. His first report of this incident suggested the biggest issue was that drivers would be struggling in traffic... so what? An ambulance was hit head on by a driver who sped off.... I'm sure that's more of a concern to the public!
So, where are the spelling and grammatical errors in THIS article?
MissD - If you aren't prepared to justify your allegations, best you just shut the **** up.
[quote][p][bold]Oldmanofthemountains[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MissDemocracy[/bold] wrote: Dale Haslam should be fired! His reports are always inaccurate, full of errors in both grammar and spelling; and often written from completely the wrong angle. His first report of this incident suggested the biggest issue was that drivers would be struggling in traffic... so what? An ambulance was hit head on by a driver who sped off.... I'm sure that's more of a concern to the public![/p][/quote]So, where are the spelling and grammatical errors in THIS article?[/p][/quote]MissD - If you aren't prepared to justify your allegations, best you just shut the **** up. Oldmanofthemountains
  • Score: -1

11:26pm Mon 21 Jul 14

mb63 says...

Description of the driver?
Description of the driver? mb63
  • Score: 1

11:35pm Mon 21 Jul 14

finn-kelly says...

well seems to me there is an elephant in the room, but lets just ignore the elephant for now, firstly get over the time issue. the point is that the ambulance has crashed. the driver of the ambulance will be in trouble and its his licence that gets points. the driver runs away why. with ANPR cars we know who owns the car and its history so why not say what you know. you can say the BMW was owned by Joe Bloggs and it was not insured, it is not reported stolen, it was driven like a loon through the traffic as always seems to be the case and then it crashed.
well seems to me there is an elephant in the room, but lets just ignore the elephant for now, firstly get over the time issue. the point is that the ambulance has crashed. the driver of the ambulance will be in trouble and its his licence that gets points. the driver runs away why. with ANPR cars we know who owns the car and its history so why not say what you know. you can say the BMW was owned by Joe Bloggs and it was not insured, it is not reported stolen, it was driven like a loon through the traffic as always seems to be the case and then it crashed. finn-kelly
  • Score: -3

11:46pm Mon 21 Jul 14

PERCYPILCHARD says...

bolton74 wrote:
It happened at 6 am, we had just turned right down Blackburn road from moss bank way, we did not see the impact but if it is the blue car in the picture it was a woman in a white dress who got out of drivers seat!
Maybe someone escaping from a sham marriage.... was it perhaps a wedding dress and she was escaping from border agency staff :-)
[quote][p][bold]bolton74[/bold] wrote: It happened at 6 am, we had just turned right down Blackburn road from moss bank way, we did not see the impact but if it is the blue car in the picture it was a woman in a white dress who got out of drivers seat![/p][/quote]Maybe someone escaping from a sham marriage.... was it perhaps a wedding dress and she was escaping from border agency staff :-) PERCYPILCHARD
  • Score: -1

4:58am Tue 22 Jul 14

127001 says...

MissDemocracy wrote:
Dale Haslam should be fired! His reports are always inaccurate, full of errors in both grammar and spelling; and often written from completely the wrong angle. His first report of this incident suggested the biggest issue was that drivers would be struggling in traffic... so what? An ambulance was hit head on by a driver who sped off.... I'm sure that's more of a concern to the public!
The crash happened before 6am (I drove by at 6.01am) and the ambulance team (one man and one woman) were standing by the side of the road (they were both walking and appeared to be OK).

The ambulance had crashed head on with the passenger side of the BMW (the front wheel/passenger door side taking the brunt).

By the position of the ambulance/BMW it looked as though the BMW had been turning to go south towards the town centre from Moss Bank way and the ambulance had been travelling from the north side of Blackburn Road.

At the time only one Police car was in attendance (not traffic).

Taking all this into account I'd say the BMW driver probably either attempted to see if he could 'beat' the ambulance to get to where he was going or just didn't see the ambulance/hear the siren (although I find that hard to believe)... I'd go for the first option.
[quote][p][bold]MissDemocracy[/bold] wrote: Dale Haslam should be fired! His reports are always inaccurate, full of errors in both grammar and spelling; and often written from completely the wrong angle. His first report of this incident suggested the biggest issue was that drivers would be struggling in traffic... so what? An ambulance was hit head on by a driver who sped off.... I'm sure that's more of a concern to the public![/p][/quote]The crash happened before 6am (I drove by at 6.01am) and the ambulance team (one man and one woman) were standing by the side of the road (they were both walking and appeared to be OK). The ambulance had crashed head on with the passenger side of the BMW (the front wheel/passenger door side taking the brunt). By the position of the ambulance/BMW it looked as though the BMW had been turning to go south towards the town centre from Moss Bank way and the ambulance had been travelling from the north side of Blackburn Road. At the time only one Police car was in attendance (not traffic). Taking all this into account I'd say the BMW driver probably either attempted to see if he could 'beat' the ambulance to get to where he was going or just didn't see the ambulance/hear the siren (although I find that hard to believe)... I'd go for the first option. 127001
  • Score: 1

5:58am Tue 22 Jul 14

Snakestail says...

"Witnesses described the incident as a "head-on smash" between an ambulance and a car.

Chris Hutchinson, aged 28, of Milnholme, told The Bolton News: "I didn't witness the accident but must have just missed it. "

I'm sorry but this made me giggle. So some guy who didn't actually see anything and arrived after the accident but stopped and went back to talk to the reporter and the reporter lists him as a witness. That is NOT a witness that is a bystander with no information reporting speculation after the fact and being LABELLED a witness by a reporter. They should have interviewed the ambulance crew that turned up later to collect this crew and call them witnesses as well because they treated the wounded, or Mrs Smith who walks her three dogs along Seymour Road every morning at 7am who heard a loud bang about an hour ago and thought something might have happened and thus was not surprised when she witnessed the carnage and was asked by a police officer to move along, Mrs Smith, aged 63, told our intrepid reporter that one of her doggies did a poop on the road close to the crashed ambulance, well, actually across the road and down a bit; but that's still pretty close and enough to make hay out of it to fill this human interest story a bit so that my editor doesn't fire me.
"Witnesses described the incident as a "head-on smash" between an ambulance and a car. Chris Hutchinson, aged 28, of Milnholme, told The Bolton News: "I didn't witness the accident but must have just missed it. " I'm sorry but this made me giggle. So some guy who didn't actually see anything and arrived after the accident but stopped and went back to talk to the reporter and the reporter lists him as a witness. That is NOT a witness that is a bystander with no information reporting speculation after the fact and being LABELLED a witness by a reporter. They should have interviewed the ambulance crew that turned up later to collect this crew and call them witnesses as well because they treated the wounded, or Mrs Smith who walks her three dogs along Seymour Road every morning at 7am who heard a loud bang about an hour ago and thought something might have happened and thus was not surprised when she witnessed the carnage and was asked by a police officer to move along, Mrs Smith, aged 63, told our intrepid reporter that one of her doggies did a poop on the road close to the crashed ambulance, well, actually across the road and down a bit; but that's still pretty close and enough to make hay out of it to fill this human interest story a bit so that my editor doesn't fire me. Snakestail
  • Score: 17

8:59am Tue 22 Jul 14

Cheeseware says...

JustBecause wrote:
steveG wrote:
Crash scene investigations do need to be more professionally and swiftly carried out, I'm sure this will be improved in the not too distant future as waiting six hours for the road to reopen borders on comical.
My thoughts 6 hrs for a none serious accident is a joke, and BN get witnesses who see stuff and don't report hearsay from people making stuff up, cannot believe you printed someone's thoughts on what happened.
I witnessed an accident in Vienna between a tourist and a taxi. Within 5 minutes both Police and Fire service turn up, all measurements taken, fire service cleaned the road of glass and debris. They even produced a little trolley from their truck which they jacked under the taxi to wheel it to the side of the road. Road re-opened within 30 minutes.
[quote][p][bold]JustBecause[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]steveG[/bold] wrote: Crash scene investigations do need to be more professionally and swiftly carried out, I'm sure this will be improved in the not too distant future as waiting six hours for the road to reopen borders on comical.[/p][/quote]My thoughts 6 hrs for a none serious accident is a joke, and BN get witnesses who see stuff and don't report hearsay from people making stuff up, cannot believe you printed someone's thoughts on what happened.[/p][/quote]I witnessed an accident in Vienna between a tourist and a taxi. Within 5 minutes both Police and Fire service turn up, all measurements taken, fire service cleaned the road of glass and debris. They even produced a little trolley from their truck which they jacked under the taxi to wheel it to the side of the road. Road re-opened within 30 minutes. Cheeseware
  • Score: 6

4:05am Wed 23 Jul 14

skintight says...

Rememberscarborough wrote:
I'm not saying this happened here (and probably not with a fleeing driver) but too many emergency vehicles approach major junctions without their sirens on. People then panic trying to get out of the way and then it becomes another accident waiting to happen.
Ambulance staff have standing orders NOT to force their way through stationary vehicles at traffic lights. If a vehicle jumps a red light and causes an accident then the ambulance driver is held responsible and can be prosecuted.
[quote][p][bold]Rememberscarborough[/bold] wrote: I'm not saying this happened here (and probably not with a fleeing driver) but too many emergency vehicles approach major junctions without their sirens on. People then panic trying to get out of the way and then it becomes another accident waiting to happen.[/p][/quote]Ambulance staff have standing orders NOT to force their way through stationary vehicles at traffic lights. If a vehicle jumps a red light and causes an accident then the ambulance driver is held responsible and can be prosecuted. skintight
  • Score: -1

4:10am Wed 23 Jul 14

skintight says...

catsden wrote:
Rememberscarborough wrote:
I'm not saying this happened here (and probably not with a fleeing driver) but too many emergency vehicles approach major junctions without their sirens on. People then panic trying to get out of the way and then it becomes another accident waiting to happen.
OK but why run off.
It sounds like an over the limit from the night before job to me.
[quote][p][bold]catsden[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rememberscarborough[/bold] wrote: I'm not saying this happened here (and probably not with a fleeing driver) but too many emergency vehicles approach major junctions without their sirens on. People then panic trying to get out of the way and then it becomes another accident waiting to happen.[/p][/quote]OK but why run off.[/p][/quote]It sounds like an over the limit from the night before job to me. skintight
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9:23am Wed 23 Jul 14

MissDemocracy says...

Oldmanofthemountains wrote:
Oldmanofthemountains wrote:
MissDemocracy wrote:
Dale Haslam should be fired! His reports are always inaccurate, full of errors in both grammar and spelling; and often written from completely the wrong angle. His first report of this incident suggested the biggest issue was that drivers would be struggling in traffic... so what? An ambulance was hit head on by a driver who sped off.... I'm sure that's more of a concern to the public!
So, where are the spelling and grammatical errors in THIS article?
MissD - If you aren't prepared to justify your allegations, best you just shut the **** up.
Oh I do apologise... between working full time and preparing for my masters degree, I do not have the time to immediately reply to arrogant, potty mouthed idiots who choose to have an opinion on my opinion. As you will see from all the comments... there have been several corrections to this newspaper article, and his spelling and grammar are no exception! I have no further issue with this article now that the issues have been rectified.
[quote][p][bold]Oldmanofthemountains[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oldmanofthemountains[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MissDemocracy[/bold] wrote: Dale Haslam should be fired! His reports are always inaccurate, full of errors in both grammar and spelling; and often written from completely the wrong angle. His first report of this incident suggested the biggest issue was that drivers would be struggling in traffic... so what? An ambulance was hit head on by a driver who sped off.... I'm sure that's more of a concern to the public![/p][/quote]So, where are the spelling and grammatical errors in THIS article?[/p][/quote]MissD - If you aren't prepared to justify your allegations, best you just shut the **** up.[/p][/quote]Oh I do apologise... between working full time and preparing for my masters degree, I do not have the time to immediately reply to arrogant, potty mouthed idiots who choose to have an opinion on my opinion. As you will see from all the comments... there have been several corrections to this newspaper article, and his spelling and grammar are no exception! I have no further issue with this article now that the issues have been rectified. MissDemocracy
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2:26pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Oldmanofthemountains says...

MissDemocracy wrote:
Oldmanofthemountains wrote:
Oldmanofthemountains wrote:
MissDemocracy wrote: Dale Haslam should be fired! His reports are always inaccurate, full of errors in both grammar and spelling; and often written from completely the wrong angle. His first report of this incident suggested the biggest issue was that drivers would be struggling in traffic... so what? An ambulance was hit head on by a driver who sped off.... I'm sure that's more of a concern to the public!
So, where are the spelling and grammatical errors in THIS article?
MissD - If you aren't prepared to justify your allegations, best you just shut the **** up.
Oh I do apologise... between working full time and preparing for my masters degree, I do not have the time to immediately reply to arrogant, potty mouthed idiots who choose to have an opinion on my opinion. As you will see from all the comments... there have been several corrections to this newspaper article, and his spelling and grammar are no exception! I have no further issue with this article now that the issues have been rectified.
Oooh, who's a clever little madam then? Modest with it, too!
[quote][p][bold]MissDemocracy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oldmanofthemountains[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oldmanofthemountains[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MissDemocracy[/bold] wrote: Dale Haslam should be fired! His reports are always inaccurate, full of errors in both grammar and spelling; and often written from completely the wrong angle. His first report of this incident suggested the biggest issue was that drivers would be struggling in traffic... so what? An ambulance was hit head on by a driver who sped off.... I'm sure that's more of a concern to the public![/p][/quote]So, where are the spelling and grammatical errors in THIS article?[/p][/quote]MissD - If you aren't prepared to justify your allegations, best you just shut the **** up.[/p][/quote]Oh I do apologise... between working full time and preparing for my masters degree, I do not have the time to immediately reply to arrogant, potty mouthed idiots who choose to have an opinion on my opinion. As you will see from all the comments... there have been several corrections to this newspaper article, and his spelling and grammar are no exception! I have no further issue with this article now that the issues have been rectified.[/p][/quote]Oooh, who's a clever little madam then? Modest with it, too! Oldmanofthemountains
  • Score: -1

2:34pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Oldmanofthemountains says...

MissDemocracy wrote:
Oldmanofthemountains wrote:
Oldmanofthemountains wrote:
MissDemocracy wrote: Dale Haslam should be fired! His reports are always inaccurate, full of errors in both grammar and spelling; and often written from completely the wrong angle. His first report of this incident suggested the biggest issue was that drivers would be struggling in traffic... so what? An ambulance was hit head on by a driver who sped off.... I'm sure that's more of a concern to the public!
So, where are the spelling and grammatical errors in THIS article?
MissD - If you aren't prepared to justify your allegations, best you just shut the **** up.
Oh I do apologise... between working full time and preparing for my masters degree, I do not have the time to immediately reply to arrogant, potty mouthed idiots who choose to have an opinion on my opinion. As you will see from all the comments... there have been several corrections to this newspaper article, and his spelling and grammar are no exception! I have no further issue with this article now that the issues have been rectified.
"Bout time you med us a brew, innit luv? Best mek one for Councillor Richardson too whilst yer at it.
[quote][p][bold]MissDemocracy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oldmanofthemountains[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oldmanofthemountains[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MissDemocracy[/bold] wrote: Dale Haslam should be fired! His reports are always inaccurate, full of errors in both grammar and spelling; and often written from completely the wrong angle. His first report of this incident suggested the biggest issue was that drivers would be struggling in traffic... so what? An ambulance was hit head on by a driver who sped off.... I'm sure that's more of a concern to the public![/p][/quote]So, where are the spelling and grammatical errors in THIS article?[/p][/quote]MissD - If you aren't prepared to justify your allegations, best you just shut the **** up.[/p][/quote]Oh I do apologise... between working full time and preparing for my masters degree, I do not have the time to immediately reply to arrogant, potty mouthed idiots who choose to have an opinion on my opinion. As you will see from all the comments... there have been several corrections to this newspaper article, and his spelling and grammar are no exception! I have no further issue with this article now that the issues have been rectified.[/p][/quote]"Bout time you med us a brew, innit luv? Best mek one for Councillor Richardson too whilst yer at it. Oldmanofthemountains
  • Score: 0

3:08pm Tue 29 Jul 14

ohiogirl says...

atlas123 wrote:
Are you sure about the time BN?

The clock on the screen cap shows 6:18!

It looks a bit dark for 7am too
I drove down Blackburn Rd at 5.40am this morning and it was daylight.
[quote][p][bold]atlas123[/bold] wrote: Are you sure about the time BN? The clock on the screen cap shows 6:18! It looks a bit dark for 7am too[/p][/quote]I drove down Blackburn Rd at 5.40am this morning and it was daylight. ohiogirl
  • Score: 1

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