Thursday 7th April 2016 – 1.15pm – Murray MacGregor.
A moto-cross rider who left a course and crashed into trees before falling into a water filled gully has been airlifted to a major trauma centre.
The 25 year old was riding at the track, just off Packington Lane, Meriden, next to the M6 motorway at about 3.40pm on Wednesday afternoon.
An ambulance was initially sent to the scene but they quickly requested an aircrew and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire was sent.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crew arrived they found a man at the bottom of a steep slope in trees.
“Other riders at the track described how the man had come over a jump and then crashed into the trees.
“The man, who comes from the Black Country, was sitting in a muddy stream bed against a holly bush.
“He was complaining of head, neck and back pain and also had a fractured collar bone.
“As well as the steep slope, the ground was so soft that crews sank into mud up to their ankles as they treated the man so they used back boards to give them a hard surface to work from.
“They requested assistance from firefighters to get the man back up the slope and one crew from West Midlands Fire Service and another from Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service attended.
“The firefighters were extremely helpful, clearing a way for the man to be brought back to the top of the slope after he had been immobilised.
“He was then airlifted to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.
“The tremendous teamwork between ambulance and fire crews ensured the man was taken to safety from an extremely inaccessible location as quickly as possible.”