Biker airlifted to hospital with ‘head and spinal’ injuries

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A mountain biker was airlifted to hospital from Todmorden after he suffered potential head and spinal injuries.

The Calder Valley Search and Rescue team were called to assist Yorkshire Ambulance Service to an incident involving the injured biker who had come off his bike whilst riding a downhill course at an organised event near Todmorden yesterday.

Once on-scene, CVSRT members joined the YAS Responder and Yorkshire Air Ambulance crew to treat the casualty for potential head and spinal injuries, before packaging him in our vacuum mattress and loading the casualty on to the team’s Bell stretcher for evacuation from the woodland location to a nearby field where the air ambulance had landed to transfer the injured rider to hospital.

Just after the team were stood down from this incident, we received notification of another incident involving an injured rider at the same location.

The team quickly responded and treated the casualty, who was then transferred to A&E by his friend.