Wednesday 15th April 2015 – 7.20pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.
A cyclist has been airlifted to hospital after suffering a serious leg injury following a collision with a tree in a Herefordshire wood this afternoon.
The incident occurred in an area off woodland near to St Lawrence Church on Church Road in Weston-under-Penyard shortly after 1pm. West Midlands Ambulance Service sent an ambulance, a community paramedic in a rapid response vehicle and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a cyclist who had collided with a tree. The man, who had managed to get himself onto a path in the wood despite his injury, was spotted by a passer-by who stopped to help him.
“The cyclist, a man in his 20s, was treated for a lower right leg fracture by ambulance staff. He was given pain relief initially before the team carefully stabilised his leg to prevent further movement of the fracture. Ambulance staff used a scoop stretcher to carry the man out of the woods, and to the awaiting air ambulance which had landed in a nearby field.
“The man was then transferred by air ambulance to Gloucestershire Hospital for further emergency treatment. The hospital had been pre-alerted to the man’s condition and was said to be stable upon arrival in A&E.”