Clinical Documentation

ORANGE ALERT: 8 people in refrigerated lorry, A14 Godmanchester – Magpas Air Ambulance flies to scene

At 12.29pm on Tuesday 19th November, Magpas Doctor Antonia Hazlerigg and Critical Care Paramedic Steve Chambers landed on the Eastbound carriageway of the A14 near Godmanchester. They were called to treat 8 people who were found in the back of a refrigerated lorry, with reports of 1 individual being seriously unwell.


The traffic had been moving very slowly on this particular stretch of the A14, following an earlier road traffic collision (involving a lorry and a van) that occurred approximately 3 miles further down the road (where fortunately no one was seriously injured). Whilst numerous cars, vans and lorries were queuing along the A14 behind the aforementioned earlier incident, there had been reports of oranges being thrown out of the rear side of a lorry. This throwing of fresh fruit alerted the attention of nearby members of Cambridgeshire Police, who also happened to be in the traffic jam, close behind this vehicle. As a result, it’s reported that the 8 people (as above) were found in the back of the lorry.


The Magpas advanced medical team assessed all 8 patients at the roadside, whilst working with EEAST Ambulance Service paramedic crews. Three of the patients complained of feeling unwell and were taken to Hinchingbrooke Hospital by land ambulance for further investigation. Fortunately no one suffered life threatening injuries.


EEAST Ambulance Service paramedic crews, a Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and of course Cambridgeshire Police were also in attendance.


The Magpas Air Ambulance helicopter crew who flew the medical team were Chief Pilot Richard Eastwood and Technical Crew Member Rob Davies.

We have no further information.