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Snow-clogged New York City streets delay EMS response

Updated: September 8, 2011 11:57AM

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York state senator says snow-clogged streets prevented an ambulance from reaching a Queens woman who was having trouble breathing in time.

The Daily News, quoting state Sen. Jose Peralta, reports that the woman’s daughter, Laura Freeman, and her neighbors called 911 for 20 minutes before getting through on Monday.

Peralta told the News that Freeman then waited three hours for EMS workers to arrive at the house in the Corona section. By then, Freeman’s 75-year-old mother, Yvonne, had died.

Peralta says he wants the death investigated.

Laura Freeman said EMS workers trudged through the snow to their house. They tried, she said.


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