FAREHAM came to a standstill yesterday as police closed roads so that an ambulance could rush a small child to hospital.
At around 9am, police closed Junction 11 of M27, Compass roundabout and Quay Street roundabout, for around 15 minutes.
The South Central Ambulance Service confirmed medics had been helping a child from Gosport get to hospital.
The police confirmed they were inolved and said that roads were closed to ‘facilitate the smooth transition of the ambulance.’
A spokesman for the South Central Ambulance Service said: ‘We received a call at 8.50am to respond to a medical emergency in Gosport.
‘The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance was also called, along with a double-manned ambulance, a rapid response vehicle and an officer.
‘We conveyed the patient to the QA Hospital with a police escort.’
Despite the air ambulance attending the emergency, the young patient was taken by road to the Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham.
Linda Kinsey, from Portsmouth, was on her way to work in Fareham on the bus when she was caught up in the traffic.
She said: ‘I didn’t really see anything – I just saw the ambulance when it rushed past.
‘The police stopped the traffic at the lights so that the traffic could come freely from Gosport.
‘I saw police cars, although I didn’t see the air ambulance.
‘I was there about 20 minutes. It made me late for work.’
The police said that it was a medical emergency and had not happened as a result of a crime.
The ambulance service and police said they were not able to tell The News any details about the exact nature of the emergency due to reasons of patient confidentiality.
Later that morning, another accident stopped traffic on Quay Street roundabout when two vehicles collided.
The ambulance service was called to attend the scene at 11am as a Citroen C4 and a Ford Puma collided at the Western Way turning.
Police also attended the crash and quickly cleared the scene. Nobody was injured as a result of the crash.