Heroic Isleham taxi driver calls for stronger link between drivers and first responders after helping save the life of motorcyclist
PUBLISHED: 17:09 04 October 2016 | UPDATED: 17:09 04 October 2016
A quick-thinking taxi driver from Isleham is urging the ambulance service to team up with taxi drivers across the country after he heroically rushed to the aid of a motorcyclist following a "horrific" accident in Ely.
Kevin Henderson, who works for Ely firm A10 Taxis, was one of the first on the scene when a motorcyclist was hit by another taxi on the Market Street and Lynn Road junction on September 28.
The motorcyclist suffered severe leg injuries, but Kevin and a team of passer-bys administered first aid using the kit from his taxi and stemmed the bleeding by tying Kevin’s belt around the injured leg. He then stayed with the man until paramedics arrived and he was airlifted to hospital 30 minutes later.
“It was horrific,” Kevin said. “I got there and there was already a lady there screaming for help.
“There was about six or seven people around and I was sat there holding the belt around his leg for half an hour, but it felt like a lot longer.
“A lot of people forget that we have to carry first aid and fire safety equipment in our taxis.
“I’ve been driving taxis for just over a year and it’s the first time I’ve seen anything like that. I’m not a very squeamish person but it was horrific.
“He was very, very lucky – if the people had not have been there then I’m not sure he’d have made it.”
Witnessing the accident has prompted Mr Henderson to call for tighter links between first responders and taxi drivers – a solution he believes has been “staring everyone in the face” for some time.
“It has prompted me to speak to the ambulance service because the paramedics took half an hour to arrive and if he hadn’t had the help then it could have been a lot worse,” he said.
“It’s been playing on my mind a lot, so I’ve been doing a lot of research into it and found that it’s been called for across the country.
“Nine times out of ten taxi drivers are sat around on every street waiting for a job. If we had the training then we could be ready to help in situations like the one last week.”