Boy, 13, airlifted to hospital after BMX crash

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[gallery] A teenage boy was airlifted to hospital after a BMX bike carrying him and two friends was involved in a collision with a car.

Bystanders gave first aid to the 13-year-old, who suffered a head injury in the smash.

Police cordoned off Wrens Nest Road, Dudley, in the aftermath of the accident at around 4.55pm yesterday.

The schoolboy was treated at the scene by paramedics who called in the Midlands Air Ambulance, which landed at nearby Wrens Nest Primary School. He was airlifted to Birmingham Children's Hospital, where he remains today with a cut to his face.

In a separate accident, a 14-year-old girl suffered a minor leg injury when she was knocked from her BMX bike by a motorbike in Cradley Road in Netherton at 8.15pm. Police want to speak to the motorcyclist involved.

Following the incident in Wrens Nest Road, West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman Suzie Fothergill said: "The bike was reportedly carrying three boys at the time of the incident.

"On arrival at the scene, crews found one of the boys lying in the road with bystanders providing first aid.

"The boy, believed to be 13 years of age, was treated for a potentially serious head injury and a laceration to his chin. He was fully immobilised and conveyed in the land ambulance to an awaiting air ambulance, which had landed on a nearby school field."

Police officers remained at the scene for more than four hours and had taped off a silver Nissan Micra which had been involved in the crash.


West Midlands Police spokesman Lee Page said: "The officers will today look into the circumstances of the incident to see if there is any wrongdoing."

Residents spoke of their shock of the accident on the busy road with many coming out of homes in the moments after the crash in the commotion.

Builder Tom Smith, aged 18, who lived nearby, said: "It is a shock but I think there have been accidents along here before as it's quite busy."

Paramedic area support officer Huw Jones said the boy's family were at the scene and had been reassuring him before he was taken to hospital.

A second boy who had sustained a knee injury was treated at the scene by paramedics.

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