A taxi in Liverpool exploded on Monday morning while in the hands of emergency services on its way to the city’s Red Cross Hospital, where there had been a fatal car accident. The explosion reportedly caused a small explosion at the ambulance that was carrying the cabbie, who was taking one of its patients to hospital.
It was unclear as of Monday afternoon if the ambulance driver was seriously injured.
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This is the scene where a taxi exploded while it was being transported by emergency services on its way to a hospital. On its way to the city’s Red Cross Hospital, it exploded. Emergency services are still on the scene. pic.twitter.com/GRoNSLr6qg — Port Vale FC (@pvalefc) March 12, 2018
A large area was cordoned off and the ambulance was badly damaged. The hospital, which was near the scene of the accident, canceled all elective surgeries and tests.
“In light of the incident this morning, all elective surgery in Red Cross Hospital has been cancelled for the rest of today. Emergency elective surgery is continuing,” a spokesman for the hospital told the Liverpool Echo.
In an emailed statement, Merseyside Police said: “Officers from Merseyside Police are at the scene of an ambulance explosion in Braintree Street in the city centre of Liverpool. It is believed that the driver of the vehicle went on a ‘dethroning’ (or taxi dancing) display in Liverpool city centre before he was struck by another car. The car flipped over and exploded.”
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