In a tragic incident reported from Madhya Pradesh, a one and a half-year-old girl died inside the ambulance carrying her due to heavy traffic, reported ANI. The traffic congestion occurred due to a baaraat procession that was underway in the area. The ambulance with the victim was stuck in the traffic for over half an hour resulting in the sad demise. The patient who was in dire condition was being shifted from her home to a district hospital but unfortunately couldn’t make it to the treatment centre.

The incident which happened near Ghanta Ghar area of Damoh town in MP left the public’s insensitivity exposed. In what could have been a crowd of around fifty people in the baaraat (a groom’s wedding procession in North India), no one stood up for the ambulance and ensured that the medical vehicle gets a smooth passage.  Local police said, they have taken cognizance of the incident and will make sure no such incidents happen in future. “Have taken cognizance of the incident and will take action. We will ensure vehicles and ambulances get a clear way during such processions in the future,” said Inspector General Satish Chand Saxena.

It is not the first time that such an incident has happened in the country. A lot of casualties have happened inside ambulances due to traffic. In April 2016 a 38-year-old biker met with a horrific accident and died while being taken to hospital due a three-hour long traffic jam. The victim was first taken to a local hospital by a police officer in an auto-rickshaw. The doctors later referred him to a bigger hospital citing loss of blood. In the quest of reaching the other hospital, the victim succumbed to his injuries.

In June earlier this year, a 35-year old pregnant woman and her yet to be born child died in an ambulance which got stuck in a traffic jam just 200 meters away from the hospital. The incident happened in Karauli district of Rajasthan.