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Accident scene drivers criticised

Drivers who tried to squeeze past paramedics who were treating an injured man have been criticised by the ambulance service.

A crew was attending to the man who was thrown 40ft (12m) when he was hit by a car in Chippenham, Wiltshire, shortly after 1630 GMT on Wednesday.

Tracy Heath, of Great Western Ambulance, said frustrated drivers made a "difficult situation much worse".

The man was airlifted to hospital with serious head and leg injuries.

'Crews in danger'

Ms Heath said: "Our crew clearly needed to start treating the patient straight away before the police arrived to manage the traffic.

"I appreciate it is frustrating for other drivers to be held up, but trying to squeeze past an incident is putting our crews in danger and runs a real risk of making an already very difficult situation much worse."

The man, in his late 20s, was injured on the B4069 Maud Heaths Causeway between Hill Corner Road and Parsonage Way.

He is being treated at the Bath Royal United Hospital.

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