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A14 lorry rescue: Eight people found in refrigerated truck after ‘throwing oranges’




Police rescued eight people from the back of a refrigerated lorry after going to investigate when they spotted oranges being thrown from the vehicle today (Tuesday).

Officers were already patrolling the A14 following an earlier accident involving a lorry and a van in Godmanchester when they saw the fruit being tossed from the rear side.

Magpas air ambulance landed on the A14 near Godmanchester (22033486)
Magpas air ambulance landed on the A14 near Godmanchester (22033486)

On checking the lorry, they found eight people in the refrigerated section at the back, one seriously unwell, and called the air ambulance for help.

Three people were taken to Hinchingbrooke Hospital, although none of them had life threatening injuries. One man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of assisting unlawful immigration.

A spokesperson For Magpas Air Ambulance said they were called at 12.29pm on Tuesday to attend the scene.

They added: “ 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 eight people were found in the back of the lorry.”

Those first on the scene were Magpas Doctor Antonia Hazlerigg and critical care paramedic Steve Chambers, who landed on the Eastbound carriageway of the A14 near Godmanchester. They were called to treat eight people who were found in the back of a refrigerated lorry, with reports of one individual being seriously unwell.

Police called Magpas to the scene after discovering eight people inside the refrigerated lorry. Three were taken to hospital (22033488)
Police called Magpas to the scene after discovering eight people inside the refrigerated lorry. Three were taken to hospital (22033488)

The Magpas spokesperson said: “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 three miles further down the road, where fortunately no one was seriously injured.

“The Magpas advanced medical team assessed all eight 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.”

A police spokesperson said: "Police were called just after 12pm today (19 November) to reports of concerns for eight people travelling westbound in a lorry on the A14. Officers stopped the vehicle near Brampton Hut.

"The air ambulance attended the scene and the road was closed while emergency services dealt with the incident.

Three people were taken to hospital, but no one was seriously injured. One man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of assisting unlawful immigration.

"The investigation and welfare of the people involved will be handed to the immigration services."

This rescue follows the tragic case of 39 people being found dead inside a refrigerated lorry container in Essex on October, 23. The victims were all believed to be Vietnamese. So far nine people have been arrested in relation to the case.

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