Wednesday 22nd July 2015 – 6.07pm – Murray MacGregor.
The wonderful scenery of Cannock Chase unfortunately became the scene of two incidents requiring ambulance attendance in quick succession on Wednesday afternoon.
The first one happened at about 2.20pm in the area not far from the rifle ranges after a 10 year old girl, came of her horse and had the animal land on her.
The youngster, who was with a number of other riders at the time was in an area with poor mobile phone coverage. Eventually, one of the other riders rode to the rifle range and escorted the ambulance to as close as it could get to the incident.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Due to the location, having to get an ambulance down a dirt track and the difficulties getting an exact location, it did take just over half an hour for the crew to get there.
“The girl was complaining of head and neck injuries and was immobilised using a neck collar and spinal board.
“The crew requested assistance and the paramedic area support officer (ASO) was sent to the scene in a 4×4 vehicle.
“Unfortunately, as he got to about three miles away from the location, he was flagged down by a mountain bike rider.
“The man was just about to dial 999 after the woman he was out riding with had come off her bike as they were riding on the Sherbrook Trail. She had suffered a broken right arm, facial injuries and gravel rash. The crews said, had she not been wearing a cycle helmet, her head injuries would have been more severe.
“As a result, an ambulance was dispatched to the second location. The woman who was in her 30s and from Telford had her arm splinted and was given pain relief before being taken to County Hospital in Stafford.
“As soon as the second crew arrived the ASO continued on to the first case.
“Together with the crew, the girl was carried down a grass track to the ambulance from where she was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital.”