Footballer with broken leg waits five hours in agony for ambulance to arrive
Gareth Ayers was injured on the pitch at 9pm but had to wait till 1.30 the following morning because paramedics were busy elsewhere
A footballer was forced to wait for five hours for an ambulance after breaking his leg during an evening match.
Gareth Ayers, who plays for Willington AFC, County Durham, was injured just before 9pm during a local derby game against Crook Town AFC.
But the 25-year-old had to wait until 1.30am for paramedics, despite bystanders calling 999 straight away.
Mr Ayers, of Bishop Auckland, told the Northern Echo: “I was in constant, horrendous pain for five hours.
“I absolutely understand people in life-threatening situations need helping first, but what I went through cannot be right.”
Crook chairman Vince Kirkup said by the time the ambulance arrived most people had left the ground on Friday, apart from a few that stayed with Mr Ayers.
This follows a similar incident in Darlington earlier this month where footballer Mike Colman, 28, broke his leg and had to wait for two hours before medics arrived .
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