Shotton cones prank 'could have killed grandson'

Published date: 23 January 2014 |
Published by: Rhian Waller 
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A GRANDMOTHER was left “fuming” after a prank blocked an ambulance and put her baby grandson’s life at risk.

Pam Campbell, 44, of Glynne Street, Connah’s Quay, has spoken out after an ambulance carrying her three week-old grandson, Bobby, to hospital was forced to backtrack by a blockade of traffic cones that was put across the road by vandals.

Little Bobby was taken ill in the early hours of yesterday.

Mrs Campbell said: “It was about two in the morning when my daughter, Katy, who lives next door, got in touch because Bobby had choked while he was feeding and had stopped breathing.

“He went all floppy, his body shut down and his eyes rolled back in his head so we called the ambulance.

“Katy was in bits.

“There’s work going on at the traffic lights on Chester Road West near the Ash Grove Junction in Shotton and someone had moved the traffic cones, lining them up to block off the road.

“There was no way we could get through. When I got to the hospital and spoke to Katy, she said the ambulance had to reverse round and go down Chester Close. It took them 10 minutes longer than it should have done to get there.”

According to Mrs Campbell the cones were set up in two lines each several cones deep next to the roadworks so they blocked the previously open road.

Because of this the emergency vehicle had no way of forcing its way through.

She said: “When I came by later, there were men there sorting the cones out. It’s good it got sorted so quickly.

“Fortunately Bobby was ok – he coughed and his breathing started up again – but it could have been so much worse.

“You just don’t know. If he’d really been in trouble, that extra few minutes could have made all the difference.”

The roadworks, which have caused traffic chaos in Shotton since they started on Monday, are set to continue for 16 weeks and Mrs Campbell fears a similar incident may happen again.

She said: “I think it was probably teenagers. I stopped to talk to the men clearing the cones up and apparently there was a group of kids standing on the road watching and laughing.

“But it’s not funny at all.

“I’m so annoyed. I’m really fuming. It’s just wrong. They probably just thought it was a bit of a laugh at 2am, but there are things you can do that don’t hurt other people.

“I bet their parents are so proud.”

Little Bobby is now said to be in good health.

A Flintshire  Council spokesman said: “Flintshire Council is undertaking roadworks on the B5129 Deeside Corridor in Connah's Quay, Shotton and Queensferry. The works are to improve, upgrade and synchronise all the traffic signals between Asda and Wepre Drive to reduce traffic congestion and they are being funded by the Welsh Government.”

She added traffic management company Lux make sure traffic management systems were in place before roadworks contractors arrive in the morning.

A road works report is issued at the beginning of every week to all emergency services in the area to alert them to any roadworks taking place.

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  1. Posted by: garch at 09:46 on 23 January 2014 Report

    the lights had been turned around to that was at 3 in morning,surely a police car must have been out and about and cud have sorted problem out and the little scroats

  2. Posted by: S7uaj2 at 07:54 on 24 January 2014 Report

    Common scence would tell me if I drove through 20 mins ago one way, I could get out of my vehicle and move the cones to get back the way I just came (easy)

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