Rider airlifted after falling half a mile from the nearest road

Tuesday 19th November 2013 – 6.03pm – Murray MacGregor.

A woman horse rider has been airlifted to hospital after falling and injuring herself half a mile from the nearest dirt track.

The accident happened at about 12.35pm in a field near Lower End, Priors Hardwick in Warwickshire.

A community paramedic in a 4×4 rapid response vehicle was met at the road and then travelled down dirt tracks and across a wet field to get to the casualty. An ambulance was also sent as back up.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, the 22 year old from Newbury in Berkshire was complaining of back and hip pain.

“The paramedic was told that she had fallen from her horse as she jumped over a hedge.

“The ambulance tried to get close to the patient but eventually the dirt track conditions meant it had to stop around half a mile from the casualty.

“Given the situation, the ambulance staff requested the patient be airlifted and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance was dispatched.

“She was flown for further assessment and treatment at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire.”



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