A man is fighting for his life after falling from a moving ambulance while being accompanied by a police officer.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has launched an investigation into how police acted during the incident in Watford, Hertfordshire, on Monday.
The 46-year-old man suffered serious injuries in the ‘road traffic incident’ in Watford, Hertfordshire, and he is currently in a critical condition, HertfordshireLive reports.
At least eight police cars, paramedics and an air ambulance rushed to the scene after the incident, with the man transported to St Mary’s Hospital in London by land.
He fell from the ambulance on the A411 Exchange Road on Monday morning.
The road was shut for several hours and heavy congestion built up around the town as people made their way back outside after lockdown restrictions were eased.
Herts Police previously confirmed that the vehicle in question had been moving at the time of the incident.
Earlier this morning, Herts Police said they made a referral to the IOPC with regards to the incident.
A Herts Police statement read: “Hertfordshire Constabulary has made a referral to the IOPC with regards to a road traffic incident in Watford.
“It happened on A411 Exchange Road in Watford on the morning of Monday, April 12, when a man fell from a moving vehicle.
“The man, aged in his 40s, sustained serious injuries and was taken to a London hospital for treatment.”
This afternoon, the IOPC confirmed it has launched an independent investigation.
An IOPC spokesperson said: “We can confirm we have begun an independent investigation into the actions of the police concerning an incident in Watford, Hertfordshire, in which a 46-year-old man was injured and is currently critically ill in hospital.
“We were notified by Hertfordshire Constabulary that at around 10.30am on Monday, April 12 in Exchange Road, the man fell from an ambulance while being accompanied by a police officer.
“We sent investigators to the police post-incident procedures to begin gathering evidence and declared an independent investigation shortly after 1pm.
“We will be liaising with the man’s family to explain our role. Our investigation will look at the circumstances of the incident and the actions of police prior to it. So far we have taken initial accounts from the officers involved.