Elderly man taken ill on coach

SUFFOLK: Firefighters were called to help get an elderly man out of a coach after he was taken ill.

It is believed the 80-year-old passenger suffered a suspected stroke on the coach as it was travelling along the northbound carriageway of the A12, near to the Copdock roundabout, just before 10am today.

The vehicle stopped in a layby, while emergency services arrived at the scene.

Police ensured all the other passengers were taken off the coach and kept safe while firefighters from Princes Street, Colchester Road and Stowmarket used a basket stretcher to take the patient out to the waiting ambulance.

The crew from the East of England Ambulance Service then took the man, who was unconscious but breathing, to Ipswich Hospital.

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A spokeswoman for the ambulance service said firefighters were called to assist because the crew’s carry chair would not fit down the aisle to reach the patient.

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