A spokesperson for Hampshire Police has confirmed that their officers collected paramedics and then drove the victim of an accident to hospital, because of a shortage of available ambulances.
A 5-year-old boy was involved in an accident earlier this morning on Ryde High Street. Officers collected an ambulance from a nearby station, before driving to Ryde School to collect waiting air ambulance paramedics.
Officers then assisted in loading the boy onto a stretcher before driving the paramedics, the child and family members to a hospital in Newport.
It's understood that the child ran out into the road causing the accident.
– Hayley Court, Hampshire Police Spokesperson
Hampshire Constabulary can confirm that officers attending a collision in Ryde this morning assisted the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service in transporting a Heli Med crew to the scene and conveying the injured party to hospital.
The collision happened at 11:40 am in Ryde High Street and involved a Nissan Micra and a 5-year-old boy who was walking with family. The child sustained a broken leg and was taken to St Mary’s Hospital in Newport for treatment.
The male driver of the Nissan was uninjured and no arrests have been made. **