Tuesday 12th August 2014 – 7.10pm – Murray MacGregor.
A teenage mountain biker has his helmet to thank for not suffering more serious injuries according to the ambulance crew that treated him.
The 14 year old was riding down Cardingmill Valley near the car park in the Church Stretton area of Shropshire.
A community first responder and an ambulance were sent to the scene after a number of 999 calls at around 4.15pm on Tuesday afternoon.
Emergency Medical Technician, Nick Browne, said: “People at the scene said that the youngster had gone over the handlebars of his mountain bike after crossing over a cattle grid.
“They said that he had been unconscious for a period before we arrived and he was still a bit groggy when we were assessing him.
“The situation was made more complicated due to a torrential downpour at the time.
“Thankfully the teenager was wearing a helmet otherwise his head injury would almost have certainly been far more serious.
“As a mountain biker myself, I have cracked two helmets in falls while out in the countryside so know from first-hand experience the value of wearing one; I wouldn’t go out on my bike without a helmet.”
The lad was taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital where the trauma team was on standby to provide further assessment and treatment.