Doctor blocked by Alouettes fans
A Montreal doctor trying to make his way to an emergency at the Montreal Neurological Hospital had big problems getting there because of an Alouettes game that day and he says he wants changes to improve access and security in the area.
Dr. Marcelo Lannes was trying to get to the hospital last Sunday for an emergency brain surgery but the anesthesiologist and critical care physician found his every path blocked by police or thousands of fans pouring out of Molson Stadium from the Alouettes game, some of them drunk and unruly. He said even when he convinced police to let him through onto University, he was stopped in his tracks by walls of people, some of them drunk and aggressive.
"The people just don't stop coming, and people start punching and kicking my car so it was really an unpleasant situation," Dr. Lannes told CJAD 800 News.
Lannes said he finally got there in time but added it's not the first time it's happened to him and other colleagues.
"I think it doesn't take a complaint for people to realize that if you block the access to two major hospitals, this will create problems," Dr. Lannes said.
The MUHC said there's supposed to be a reserved access lane on University but Lannes said the entire street turned into a massive pedestrian walkway and the reserved lane was useless. He said he hopes things improve by at least the next game in two weeks when he's on call again.
"I really think that this is potentially dangerous and one day, people really will have a problem and somebody may die because of that."
Montreal police spokesman Laurent Gingras said there is a lane reserved on University for access - in theory.
"Clearly, it's really impossible to stop 15,000 people from not going on the reserved lane at that time," Gingras said.
Gingras said the best access is by Pine coming from the east and from Parc Avenue.
"We have police personnel on Sherbrooke Street, on University Street but especially on Parc and on Pine Avenues that are there to clear the roads in case of emergency."
The MUHC is discussing the situation with police.