A MOTOCROSS 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 a track just off Packington Lane, Meriden, next to the M6 motorway at roughly 3.40pm on Wednesday (April 6) afternoon.
An ambulance was initially sent to the scene, though they quickly requested an aircrew and a West Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire was sent.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When the crew arrived they found a man at the bottom of a steep slope.
“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.
“Crews 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.”