Teenager taken to hospital after fall in Walsall

A teenager broke his ankle after falling down a steep slope in Aldridge this afternoon.

Walsall Manor Hospital
Walsall Manor Hospital

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to woodland near to Bosty Lane in Hatherton Rushall, shortly after 1.35pm.

A teenage boy was out with his friends and was sheltering from the rain when he fell down the treacherous slope.

An ambulance and the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) who are specially trained to deal with hazardous or challenging incidents, attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The teenager is believed to have gone to find shelter from the rain when unfortunately he slipped and fell down a slope into a caved area.

“Due to the nature of the location and difficult access, the ambulance crew requested assistance from the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) to help retrieve the teenager. On arrival at the scene HART managed to gain access to the casualty on foot, where he was treated for a broken ankle.

"The teenager’s leg was splinted and he was immobilised in a specialist stretcher. Once they had managed bring the teenager to the top of the slope, crews carried him to HART’s 6×6 all-terrain vehicle, transferring the teenager across the treacherously muddy pathways to the awaiting ambulance."

The teenager was taken to Walsall Manor hospital where he has been undergoing further treatment.