Police temporarily blocked the intersection of Durant and Falls of Neuse roads on Tuesday afternoon to allow a helicopter to land at a WakeMed North Healthplex to transport two infants to another hospital.
Paramedics with Wake County Emergency Medical Services identified the patients as two infants, both 25 weeks old and “smaller than a loaf of bread.”
Medical officials called the city’s emergency communications center at 3:42 p.m. to request two police units to help divert traffic away from the intersection, said police spokesman Jim Sughrue. The first officers to arrive noted “the scope of the road closure” and requested three more units to assist with traffic, Sughrue said.
Construction at WakeMed North Healthplex prevented the Duke University Medical Center helicopter from landing at the facility, and police blocked traffic for a time when it was thought the helicopter would land in the street. When authorities determined there was not a sufficient amount of space to land there, police arranged for the helicopter to set down on a soccer field at the New Life Camp across Durant Road.
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Police reopened traffic shortly after 4:30 p.m., Sughrue said.