Soccer players push ambulance off field after it fails to start

An EMS crew was responding to an injury on the field during a Brazilian soccer match when their rig refused to start, requiring the athletes to give it a push-start


By EMS1 Staff

Rio de Janeiro — An ambulance broke down after its crew responded to an injury on field during a Brazilian soccer match.

SAMAA reported that Vasco da Gama player Bruno Silva lost consciousness after a head-on collision during the game against Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday. An ambulance was called to the scene and paramedics loaded Silva inside, but then the rig refused to start.

Players from both sides assisted in giving the ambulance a push-start to get it off the field.

“It’s the first time I’ve seen that,” Réver, a Flamengo defender, said in an interview. “It’s a lamentable scene. I thought the driver was kidding, but he insisted the ambulance wouldn’t start and asked for our help.”

The game resumed 10 minutes later and ended in a 1-1 draw.

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