A female pedestrian was hospitalised on March 11 after being hit by a car around 5 p.m. on Customs Road in Road Town, Police Information Officer Diane Drayton stated on Tuesday.

While the woman continued to undergo treatment at the hospital on March 15, her condition was unknown and investigations were ongoing, Ms. Drayton stated.

On March 12, the BVI Health Services Authority issued a statement explaining why it took an ambulance almost 40 minutes to respond to the scene  in Road Town.

After receiving a call for emergency services for the injured pedestrian at 4:54 p.m., an ambulance departed from Dr. Orlando Smith Hospital at 5:30 p.m. and arrived on the scene at approximately 5:33 p.m., the BVIHSA stated.

As the ambulance crew was responding to an earlier matter when the call concerning the injured woman came through, assistance was sought from the Fire and Rescue Services Department, and the “on-call support team was immediately paged to provide the additional medical support necessary when responding to such emergencies,” according to the BVIHSA.

The medical staff also had to don their personal protective equipment in between receiving the call and responding to the scene, the BVIHSA stated.

“We would like to take the opportunity to sympathise and apologise for any anxiety experienced as a result of this unfortunate incident,” the agency added.