A ‘cruise’ event involving cars racing around illegally in front of 300 people in Peterborough ended so badly that it led to a ‘life-changing’ injury and required a huge and ‘unusual’ response from ambulance crews.
The incident late on Saturday night (August 8) saw eight people taken to Peterborough in a serious condition, with one suffering with what was described as a life-changing injury.
A 21-year-old man from Stamford has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and has now been bailed until September 1.
Officers are investigating the incident which happened at about 11.30pm where a car taking part in the event collided with a group of spectators.
The event was attended by about 300 people in an industrial estate area in Stapledon Road, Orton Southgate.
A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said they were called at 11.26pm and sent out seven ambulances, five rapid response vehicles, an ambulance officer, a hazardous air response team and a critical care team.
Phil Parr, who was the ambulance officer on the scene, said: “This was a challenging incident given the number of casualties involved and nature of their injuries.
“I would like to thank all of the ambulance staff who worked so well in difficult circumstances as well as those police and fire service personnel who assisted us on scene to provide the best possible care to the patients involved.
“it is unusual to have so many emergency vehicles and staff assigned to one incident but this reflects the scale of the scene we encountered.”
Two crews from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service also attended the scene.
Firefighters used specialist cutting equipment to release one casualty from a vehicle who was then left in the care of paramedics.
The crews had returned to their stations by 1.25am.
Police are appealing for anyone who saw the incident to come forward, particularly anyone who has any pictures or video footage.
Sergeant Gareth Williams, from the road policing unit, said: “This collision could have been a lot more serious and it’s important we find out exactly what happened in the moments leading up to it.
“We know a lot of people would have witnessed it and I am appealing for them to make contact.”
A police spokesman added: “Where we receive prior intelligence we take action to stop cruises before they begin.
“Dispersal orders have been sought in the past to help prevent gatherings. On this occasion no information had been received that a cruise was due to take place.
“We take all anti-social behaviour very seriously and would encourage people to call us with information so we can take action.”
Anyone with information should contact Sgt Williams, at the road policing unit, on 101.