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Bishopthorpe Road re-opens to traffic after man taken ill at wheel

April 5, 2017 8:07 AM
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Bishopthorpe Road re-opens to traffic after man taken ill at wheel

EMERGENCY services have taken a man to hospital after he fell ill behind the wheel on a main artery in to York this morning.

The incident, outside the Sainsbury's Local in Bishopthorpe Road, caused traffic problems during rush hour as the road was shut between the junction with Scarcroft Road and the junction with Southlands Road.

Five police cars and an ambulance were at the scene for around 40 minutes from 8.55am to treat the man, who was driving a van for York Trade Windows Limited.

Traffic was backed up over Skeldergate Bridge and in to the city centre.

A resident, who did not want to be named, said: "I was driving into York down Bishopthorpe Road at about 8.45am and saw the van parked in the road.

"It was odd because no-one was around and it had no hazard warning lights on to say it had broken down.

"Drivers were going past the van, then I saw a man open the driver's door to check what was going on because it didn't look like anyone was in the van.

"He must have spotted the driver and realised he wasn't well because he started running quickly towards the shops on Bishopthorpe Road and others were on their mobiles phoning 999."

Also read: Five-car pileup in Sydney's west brings peak-hour traffic for morning commuters to a standstill


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Comments - 12
pedalling paul wildthing

April 5, 2017 8:15 AM

are you referring to the "cars", or the Police Officers inside them?

laguna71 wildthing

April 5, 2017 8:15 AM

Ignorant idiot.

blodwynpig Geri Hatric

April 5, 2017 8:15 AM

Afraid it's the worse type of news, sorry to say.

mortified mortician

April 5, 2017 8:15 AM

hope the ill person makes a full recovery.

Geri Hatric

April 5, 2017 8:14 AM

Lets all hope its not really bad news and the man makes a recovery.

Razor 22

April 5, 2017 8:12 AM

Do hope the person recovers. Now what where the emergency services (Police) doing, or is it 1 Plod per car. One either end and one attending the scene, A sergeant and a further one to look after the Sarges car,

Mr Standing

April 5, 2017 8:11 AM

I hope he's ok, but why use the term "he fell ill behind the wheel on a main artery in to York"? I had to read it twice.


April 5, 2017 8:11 AM

if he driver had was so hurt the road would be closed off in case foul play the police doing their job to preserve evidence of any accident. well done officers well said ichabod76 what a lot of people would be thinking who have a brain.

Ichabod76 wildthing

April 5, 2017 8:10 AM

Lets hope that if your ever taken ill at the wheel they just push you to the side of the road and let everyone else get on with their day.

Miles Davis Razor 22

April 5, 2017 8:09 AM

Have you got nothing better to do than slag people off who are trying to help an injured/ill person? If you took your head out of your a%%e for one moment you would see what a very busy junction this incident happened at. Not only has the are got to be made safe for Paramedics to work, but traffic has to be stopped and re routed along three busy roads and in two directions. If you think one Police car with two officers in is going to cut it then your head is even deeper than first thought...FOOL.

sonorbloke wildthing

April 5, 2017 8:08 AM

Blocking the roads perhaps so people can't get by? It says they've closed the road....

Geri Hatric

April 5, 2017 8:07 AM