Youngster directs traffic around emergency services after East Ham collision

Fire crews arrive to separate the cars but the young man carries on directing traffic around the inc

Fire crews arrive to separate the cars but the young man carries on directing traffic around the incident. Picture: Farah Jamaldin - Credit: Archant

A young man rushed to the aid of paramedics trying to treat a patient following a road traffic collision last week by directing busy traffic around them on a busy main road.

Paramedics give the young man a jacket to make sure he's safe while directing traffic. Picture: Fara

Paramedics give the young man a jacket to make sure he's safe while directing traffic. Picture: Farah Jamaldin - Credit: Archant

Eyewitness Farah Jamaldin was watching TV on Wednesday (July 10) in her home on Barking Road, East Ham, when she heard the crunch of a car crash outside.

Three cars had collided with each other at around 6.40pm, according to emergency services, near the junction with Green Street.

Two ambulance crews soon arrived on the scene when a man, thought to be aged 18 to 25, started to direct traffic around paramedics and firefighters.

One paramedic even gave the youngster a high-visibility jacket to make sure he stayed safe while he was helping out.


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Farah, 29, said: “I spent about ten minutes standing and watching and he just took over. He was at it for a good hour until the police turned up.

“It was really warm and he was sweating and everything. I wanted to get him a glass of water but I’m fasting.

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“He was really good at it. He was very fair about who he was letting through, he gave cyclists priority and everything.”

Paramedics treated a man in his 40s for a neck injury before taking him to Newham General Hospital.

Farah, who works as a nurse, added: “You hear all this about people not caring about their community and then you get people like that come out of nowhere and you think, ‘awwww, that’s so lovely’.”

If you know this good citizen or you are him, contact the Recorder newsdesk on 020 8477 3886 or email melissa.york@archant.co.uk.

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