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This footage shows a stubborn driver refusing to move for an ambulance carrying a critically ill boy to a hospital’s intensive care ward.
The distressing incident happened on Taiwan’s National Freeway 1 over the northern city of Hsinchu during the child’s 100-mile journey to Taipei Veterans General Hospital in the island’s capital.
Wei Ting, the mum from Taichung City in West Taiwan, did not reveal why her son needed critical care, but said she called an ambulance because she feared he would not survive the trip which usually takes over two hours.
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However, video from the motorway shows the paramedics transporting the child finding themselves stuck behind the dark green Ford saloon, with the driver seemingly refusing to move out the way for the emergency vehicle.
In the footage, the ambulance driver has turned on the sirens and is repeatedly hooting at the car, but he also calls out the Ford’s number plate, asking the motorist to “please give way”.
But the car does not budge and after nearly 50 seconds, the ambulance driver decides to undertake it using a neighbouring lane.
Wei Ting said her child fortunately made it to hospital in time and is still receiving treatment in the facility’s intensive care unit.
She said of the incident: “All other drivers let us pass, except this one.”
She added: “When you see an ambulance on the road, let it through. This is such basic knowledge that even young children understand it.”
Taiwanese motorway authorities have said that, if found guilty, the as yet unidentified Ford owner faces a fine of 3,600 TWD (88 GBP) – and may also lose their licence.