Cops forced to skip line for vital fuel as ambulance crashes into traffic waiting for gas while rushing to emergency room
Police officers were forced to skip a line in order to obtain vital fuel as an ambulance crashed into traffic waiting for gasoline as it rushed to an emergency.
Emergency services have been caught in the chaos of gas pumps as panicked shoppers rush to buy fuel amid a shortage caused by a lack of truck drivers.
Cops had to avoid queues at a gas station in Hackney, London to avoid running out of gas.
Meanwhile, a video showed an ambulance trying to force its way through a line of cars waiting for gasoline at a Shell station in Bromley, Greater London.
With his screaming sirens, the ambulance driver manages to slowly move the vehicle into the queue.
However, as the ambulance driver tries to pass the queue, the vehicle hits the back of one of the cars.
The paramedic then had to stop and exchange details with the other driver before rushing to the emergency room.
It comes after a scuffle broke out at an Esso gas station, which is said to be between two fathers and their sons, amid fears of gasoline shortages.
The four traded blows during a shocking scuffle on the forecourt of the gas station in Chichester, West Sussex, on Friday night.
AA President Edmund King assured the British that there was “a lot of fuel at the source” and that there was no need to panic buying, with the lack of truck drivers blamed for disruption of fuel supply.
Meanwhile, two groups of men were seen “screaming” at each other before one group threw stones while the other fled in a van to a Shell garage in Portsmouth,
Another driver told The News: “I witnessed a fight in the forecourt between two groups of men, shouting and yelling at each other.
“One group got into their van and left town while the other group chased and threw stones at the retreating van. Madness!”
Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps has approved temporary visas for 5,000 overseas heavy truck drivers to alleviate the crisis.
It has been reported that less than 100 of the UK’s 8,350 service stations have been closed, or around one percent.
It comes as drivers are set to be hit with a £ 30 limit on fuel after panicked shoppers lined up at gas stations across the country amid shortage fears.
Police were forced to round up motorists after they rushed to the forecourt to fill their tanks.
And selfish drivers started filling up jerry cans of fuel after queuing early this morning.
Carrying gasoline in a car trunk also has the potential to turn your vehicle into a fireball, experts have warned.
A spokesperson for the Health and Safety Executive said: “It is a highly flammable liquid and can give off vapors which can easily be set on fire and which, when not handled safely, can cause a serious fire and an explosion.”
Simon Williams, spokesperson for RAC Fuel, added: “If you fill six cans, you potentially stop the police, the ambulance service and organizations like ours that have to reach people in an emergency. “
The government has now urged drivers to “continue as usual” amid the chaotic scenes.
And hundreds of gas stations are now planning to impose a fuel cap of £ 30 per driver to ensure everyone a “fair chance to refuel” after an “unprecedented” run for drivers’ fuel.
The EG Group, which has 341 service stations in the UK, has confirmed that emergency services and truck drivers will not be affected.