Brick thrown at Herts Ambulance

9 June 2010, 12:00 | Updated: 9 June 2010, 12:23

A Hertfordshire ambulance crew and patient avoided serious injury last night when mindless vandals hurled a brick onto an emergency vehicle travelling on the M1 motorway.

The ambulance was heading towards the Luton and Dunstable Hospital with a patient on board when a brick was hurled off a bridge smashing the windscreen.

The Hemel Hempstead based crew were travelling between junctions ten and 11 on the northbound carriageway of the M1 motorway at around 7.30pm when the incident happened.

Hertfordshire Ambulance service spokesman Gary Sanderson said: "First and foremost this is a despicable act to carry out. This mindless act could had seriously injured or even killed our crew and the patient and other road users on the motorway.

"Words cannot describe how the crew felt following this incident. The crew, both men, and the patient were very shaken up indeed. They were able to carry on their journey to the hospital."

He added: "Two youths wearing hoods were seen running away from the bridge after the brick was thrown. We are urging anyone who witnessed or has any information about this incident to contact your local police station as soon as possible."

The ambulance was taken off the run while a new windscreen was put in to replace the damaged one.