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Anger as three people injured in RTC wait 90 minutes on ambulance

There were three cars involved in a road accident on Saturday

Injured motorists were forced wait for 90 minutes for an ambulance to show up following a three-car pile in county Armagh on Saturday.

Three people were injured following the incident in Cardinal O’Fiaich Square in Crossmaglen around 12.30pm.

A male driver of one vehicle and his elderly father were taken inside a nearby store, as was a female occupant of another car.

After a 40-minute wait with no sign of an ambulance, another called was lodged, according to the Crossmaglen Examiner.

The newspaper reports that a trained first responder in attendance became increasingly worried about the woman’s worsening condition and that one of the male victims was complaining of chest pain.

In the end it took 90 minutes for an ambulance to arrive at the scene.

Roisin Murtagh, who was the trained first responder who happened to be working close to the scene told the paper: “The woman was in a state of severe shock. She was deeply distressed and hyperventilating very badly.

“If any of the victims had internal injuries, there could have been very serious consequences,” said Roisin.

“I was terrified that any one of them could deteriorate before the ambulance arrived. The whole episode is a disgrace.”

All three victims were later discharged from hospital without any serious injuries.

Armagh I contacted the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service for comment.

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