His leathers were almost completely worn away from sliding down dual carriageway

Friday 25th March 2016 – 10.00am – Murray MacGregor.

A motorcyclist who slid along a busy dual carriageway has his leather to thank for not suffering horrific hip injuries.

The incident happened at the junction of the A50 and A500 in Stoke on Trent at about 8.20am on Friday morning.

One ambulance came across it about five minutes after the call and a second that had been dispatched, along with a paramedic area support officer, arrived a minute later.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The rider, a 24 year old man, told crews that he came off his bike and had slid a considerable distance along the road surface.

“Thankfully he was wearing full leathers, but the protection had been worn almost completely through on his hip and right forearm.

“He was complaining of pain in his right hip as well as abrasions and bruising. He also had left ankle pain.

“The man was taken on blue lights to Royal Stoke University Hospital as a precaution.

“There is no doubt that had he not been wearing leathers, his injuries would have been much more serious.”

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