PARAMEDICS found their mercy dash blocked by a broken barrier.
The ambulance wanted to get down Hallgate from Market Street in Wigan town centre after a woman collapsed outside a takeaway.
But because the central bollard in the road had been vandalised, they had to abandon their vehicle and run the rest of the way.
Wigan Council today admitted that the bollard had been found to be broken and was due to be repaired tomorrow.
This is the not the first time emergency services vehicles have found their way blocked in Wigan town centre by barriers in pedestrianised areas.
One witness to the incident yesterday said: “They had to leave the vehicle and get a stretcher out. I think the lady was all right in the end, but if they had had to go further or it was a more serious emergency those lost seconds could have been critical.”
A spokeswoman for the North West Ambulance Service said a 45-year-old woman had suffered a fit outside the Mr Chips restaurant on Hallgate. She was taken to Wigan Infirmary where her condition is unknown.
A Wigan Council spokesman said: “The defective barrier on Hallgate is to be replaced on Thursday. But in the meantime, the ambulance service were informed that it was damaged and that access could be gained from the other side of Hallgate.”