Mountain bikers in ‘trail’ of damage

Murray MacGregor – Thursday 21st May 2020 – 6.10pm.

Not one but two mountain bikers have ended up in hospital after crashing on the same trail in completely separate accidents.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called twice this morning (Thursday) to the Sherbrook Trail on Cannock Chase

In the first incident at around 9.40am, the caller said that the middle aged rider went over his handlebars after his bike came to a sudden stop leaving him briefly unconscious.

An ambulance and a paramedic officer in a 4×4 vehicle were sent to the scene.  Fortunately, the 4×4 was able to get close to where the man was.

After treatment at the scene he was taken back to the ambulance before being conveyed to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

Literally, just two minutes after finishing the first case, the paramedic officer was assigned to the second case, where again, a middle aged man had fallen whilst on the Sherbrook Trail

Another ambulance and the Hazardous Area Response Team was also sent after the call at 11.10am.

This time, the caller said that the rider had come off while going down a slope but had landed heavily.  Once again the paramedic officer was able to access the rider in his 4×4 and after assessment took him to the ambulance before the rider was taken to County Hospital, Stafford.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “These were clearly very unfortunate accidents.  Given the great weather, and the easing of lockdown, it is fantastic that we are all able to enjoy areas such as Cannock Chase.

“However, over the Bank Holiday, we would urge everyone to remember the need to keep socially distanced at all times and only meet up in the way the guidance sets out.

“This virus is far from over; we have to remember that hundreds of people are still dying every day.  Yes, enjoy the wonderful area we live in, but please, make sure you do everything possible to reduce the risk of spreading this cruel virus.”


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