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Who should be blamed for no one giving way to ambulances?

(People's Daily Online)

08:35, December 13, 2012


It took 40 full minutes to travel less than 3 kilometers from the site of the accident to hospital. As few cars gave way to the ambulance despite ringing sirens, Wang Yuzhu, a doctor at Beijing Emergency Medical Center, helplessly watched a life passing away before her eyes.

It was not the only case. On the morning of Nov. 28, 2012, a car accident occurred in the intersection of Nanyuan Road, Beijing, injuring three people. Although the ambulances had been ringing sirens on the way to the scene of accident, few cars gave way to them. The first-aid personnel had to ask traffic police for help. Netizens mock the phenomenon as "Chinese-style cutting-up of the road," which is similar to "Chinese style of crossing roads," namely the way of crossing a road by a group of people who get together at the crossroads and cross the road altogether, no matter whether the traffic light is green or red.

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Source:China Youth Daily, author:Yang Tao.

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