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Last Updated: Tuesday, 7 June, 2005, 13:07 GMT 14:07 UK
Hard shoulder drivers condemned
Drivers on the M25 who put lives at risk when they delayed paramedics trying to reach a crash have been condemned by ambulance bosses.

The vehicle was brought to a standstill by drivers using the hard shoulder near the A127 in Essex to avoid tailbacks after the crash on Tuesday morning.

Steve Wheaton said the delay could have made a difference to the chance of surviving to someone in the accident.

"The hard shoulder is not there for them to avoid delays," he said.

"These are the sort of people who would complain if an ambulance did not arrive at their loved one quickly, yet they seem happy to impede the progress of an emergency vehicle when it is other people who are in need," Mr Wheaton added.

"While we sympathise with them that congestion at that time of the morning is likely to be extremely inconvenient, it does not give them the right to throw away the Highway Code."

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