A woman was hit by a car after she got off a bus in Halifax this morning (Tuesday).
The accident, which involved a red Mazda, happened on Huddersfield Road at the junction with Dudwell Lane, at 9.30am.
Despite the incident happening yards away from Calderdale Royal Hospital, the woman who suffered a leg injury, was taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
A spokesperson for Yorkshire Ambulance Service said it had been the service’s policy to take patients who had suffered that nature of injury to the nearest major trauma hospital - in this case Huddersfield Royal - since 2005.
The spokesperson said: “An individual sustained a leg injury which required specialist treatment and the nearest major trauma centre was at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. This has been procedure since 2005.”
The spokesperson said the service’s major trauma team was involved in the incident.
Eyewitness Nancy Hartley, who owns OC’s Cafe which is next to the bus stop where the accident happened, said: “I happened to glance outside and saw the ambulance pulling away and it went straight down the hill rather than turning right into the hospital which was strange.
“I don’t know whether she needed some specialist treatment that they do at Huddersfield because I know they have got different department.”
Police closed the road whilst accident investigation work was carried out, but it has since re-opened.