An attempted ambulance hijacking was foiled in KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday night when a driver managed to speed off whilst transporting an ill patient to hospital.
Four armed men attempted to hijack a private ambulance service around 10pm on Ntuzuma Access Road North of Durban.
Rescue Care Paramedics says staff managed to escape the the armed gang thanks to quick thinking by the paramedic driver.
The driver slowed down to navigate a speed bump when he saw the men approaching the vehicle armed with handguns.
Reacting instinctively, he sped up before the men could action their intentions.
The men then hit the rear of the ambulance and ran after the vehicle pointing firearms at the vehicle.
The emergency service says the driver was forced to use advanced driving skills to speed away whilst the attackers chased after them.
The crew and the patient are safe and unharmed and the incident was reported to the South African Police Service.
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