08:00 Thursday 20 February 2014

Swadlincote biker, 19, fights for life after rush-hour crash on A444

Written byROB SMYTH

A MOTORCYCLIST was left fighting for his life following a crash on a busy stretch of road near Burton during rush hour.

The 19-year-old from Swadlincote was described as being in a ‘critical condition’ after the smash, which involved a lorry and happened on the section of the A444 that joins Burton Road and Woodland Road at around 7.15am yesterday.

The biker was airlifted to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire in Stoke-on-Trent, and was undergoing emergency treatment as the Mail went to press.

The road had to be closed for around 45 minutes as officers from Derbyshire Police worked with staff from East Midlands Ambulance Service to treat the male rider and clear the scene.

A spokesman for Derbyshire Police told the Mail: “We can confirm that we were called to a road traffic collision at around 7.15am to 7.30am on the A444.

“Despite initial reports stating that a lorry had hit a cyclist, officers arrived on scene to find that the incident actually involved a motorcyclist.

“Medical personnel at the scene took the decision that the motorcyclist’s injuries meant that he had to be transferred to hospital via air ambulance.

“His injuries were at first deemed to be serious, but not life-threatening.

“However, reports from the hospital later revealed that his injuries were thought to be life-threatening and he was in a critical but stable condition.

“The 45-year-old lorry driver was assessed at the scene but did not require further medical treatment.

“The road was closed for around 45 minutes while the emergency services worked at the scene on the injured man, and to clear the area.

“The road was reopened just after 8am and traffic returned back to normal quickly.

“Police officers remained at the scene for some time after to help retrieve the red motorbike from a nearby hedgerow.”

The incident saw bus firm Midland Classic divert one of its busiest services, the number 21.

A spokesman for the firm said: “Buses had to divert via Park Road, Newhall, Darklands Road and William Nadin Way in Swadlincote. This caused severe delays to the route.”

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