'Enough is enough': Paramedics abused at Sunshine Coast crash scene

Fed-up ambulance bosses have hit out after Sunshine Coast crews were abused by friends of a teenage driver they were treating in the wreckage of his crumpled car.

The abuse flared when police arrested one of the young group at the scene of the serious road crash in Beerburrum.

The group of young men could be seen laughing and joking just moments after watching a ute overturn with their five friends inside.

Emergency crews have faced verbal abuse following a serious crash on the Sunshine Coast. Source: 7 News
Emergency crews have faced verbal abuse following a serious crash on the Sunshine Coast. Source: 7 News

The jovial approach from some of the crash victims’ friends may have indicated the incident was far from serious, but emergency services disagreed.

“It’s quite a complex job to get the driver out – we had to cut steering wheel and the roof off,” crew member Jeff Parker said.

The abuse led to the arrest of a 19-year-old male. Source: 7News
The abuse led to the arrest of a 19-year-old male. Source: 7News

Senior Sergeant Ian Hasted agreed, saying it was “very disheartening to see that these young people are treating it as a joke”.

A 19-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly verbally abused a paramedic who was trying to treat his injuries.

Another man can be seen telling police of his disapproval.

“That’s a bit pathetic mate,” the young man can be heard saying to an officer.

Police said enough is enough when it comes to this type of behaviour. Source: 7News
Police said enough is enough when it comes to this type of behaviour. Source: 7News

A firefighter is then on the receiving end of an expletive-laden attack after politely informing a crash victim to wash the diesel off his feet.

Senior Sergeant Hasted said enough is enough.

“This is just not going to be tolerated, it’s unacceptable, these fellas have really got to grow a brain,” he said.

The Queensland Ambulance Service also called for an end to the abuse on Thursday.

“It’s just unacceptable and shouldn’t be tolerated, they shouldn’t suffer any level of abuse either physical or verbal,” Queensland Ambulance Service’s Tim Eva said.

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