A SIX-year-old girl had to be rushed to hospital with a dislocated ankle after getting her leg entangle in her bike wheel while trying to navigate a busy Burton road during the rush-hour.
The Midlands Air Ambulance was called to help after the youngster was seen falling off her bike in Horninglow Street just before 8am yesterday.
Firefighters were already at the scene when the helicopter landed in the car park of Family Bargains.
Fire crews and ambulance staff then worked together to cut the young girl from the wheel of her bike after her leg became tangled in the spokes as she fell off the pushbike.
A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “We received a call around 8am that reported that a six-year-old girl had fallen off her bike and had trapped her leg in the wheel.
“On arrival at the scene, crews found the girl was trapped and her ankle had been damaged.
“With the assistance of the fire service, the girl was cut free from the spokes of the wheel and treated for a dislocated ankle.
“The girl was given pain relief at the scene and her ankle was fully immobilised before she was conveyed, via land ambulance, to Burton’s Queens Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”
“The decision to transport her to Queen’s was taken after the air ambulance crew assessed the youngster and deemed that her injuries did not require treatment at a specialist centre.”
An ambulance and a rapid response vehicle attended the incident following the call to the emergency services.
Officers from nearby Burton Police station also raced to the scene to help control traffic flow while the girl was treated.
Drivers faced tailbacks for around 45 minutes in both directions with long lines of cars stretching along Horninglow Road North and across Burton Bridge.
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police revealed that they assisted other emergency services and that traffic flow returned to normal at around 9am.