Both MDA medics and a private ambulance service responded to a vehicular accident in the Kalansua area on motzei Shabbos. When the private ambulance arrived, the driver became infuriated when he saw MDA was already operating on the scene and a number of victims were already being prepared for transport.
The driver began to ram the MDA ambulance, despite the fact victims of the accident were inside. A scuffle followed, in which two MDA paramedics were lightly injured.
While the scuffle took place, five victims of the accident awaited transport. Eyewitness told police the staff of the private ambulance company continued to ram the MDA ambulance. Police were summoned from nearby Taibeh, and they succeeded in breaking up the scuffle. Another MDA ambulance had to respond to the scene to transport the victims as a result of the damage from the private ambulance. The Kfar Saba Magistrate’s Court extended the remand of the two members of the private service’s crew for three days as police continue their investigation.
MDA paramedics explain the private services frequently monitor scanners to learn of MDA calls and respond in the hope of being hired to transport those who called for assistance.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)