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A38 crash witness appeal as biker remains 'critical'

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 22, 2014

By Rob Smyth

  • Crash on the A38 southbound at Barton Under Needwood

  • RTA on the A38 southbound at Barton Under Needwood

  • RTA on the A38 southbound at Barton Under Needwood

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POLICE have launched an appeal for witnesses after a biker remained in a 'critical condition' following a crash on the A38.

Staffordshire Police revealed that a major investigation was under way after a large stretch of the southbound carriageway near to Barton under Needwood was closed for more than fours hours on Sunday afternoon following the accident

The motorcyclist, a 52-year-old man, suffered several serious injuries and had to be airlifted from the scene for lifesaving treatment.

Now, police chiefs are urging anyone who might have seen what happened to come forward.

A spokesman for the force told the Mail; "We are appealing for witnesses following the serious road traffic collision on the A38 near Burton at around 2.05pm on Sunday.

"Officers attended along with colleagues from West Midlands Ambulance Service and found a blue Suzuki motorcycle on the southbound carriageway near the Barton-under-Needwood junction.

"The rider, a 52-year-old man from the Black Country area of the West Midlands, was airlifted to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire after being treated at the scene.

"He remains in hospital in a critical condition.

"The man's family have been informed and are being supported at this difficult time.

"The road was closed for approximately four hours while specialist collision investigators carried out a detailed examination of the scene.

"We would like to thank the public for their patience and understanding whilst the road was closed.

An investigation into the collision is now under way and witnesses are asked to contact us on 101, quoting incident number 402 of July 20."

An ambulance service spokesman said: "He had numerous serious injuries.

"They included injuries to his chest and abdomen. He had fractured ribs and a fractured leg.

"His limbs were splinted and he was immobilised on a stretcher before being airlifted to hospital."

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