Ambulance driven by mentally sick man crashes into 24 cars

Suad Hamada
Filed on July 4, 2010

MANAMA - An ambulance driven by a mentally sick man was badly damaged after it crashed into scores of cars in Manama on Thursday night.

The accident, which involved 24 cars, took place after the 50-year-old mentally sick man overpowered the ambulance driver and drove away the vehicle.

Sources said the man called the ambulance falsely claiming that his mother was ill and needed emergency treatment. When the ambulance reached the house he overpowered the driver and drove away the vehicle after paramedics went inside his home to treat his mother.

The Health Authority confirmed the case and said the man was suffering from some mental disorders. Mohammed Abdulrahim, a senior administration official from Salmaniya Medical Complex, told the press on Thursday that the man had been making prank calls since morning.

“The caller said his mother was sick and required medical attention. When our paramedics team reached the place they were told that the man was mentally sick,” he said. The incident happened when the team was trying to transfer the man to the psychiatric hospital.

The man escaped with the ambulance and was finally stopped after police intercepted the vehicle. According to eyewitnesses, he was injected with a sedative to be handcuffed. Investigation continues into this first of its kind incident in the country that has shocked health and security authorities.

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