87-year-old motorcyclist taken to hospital by air ambulance after crash in Blackrod

Paramedics at the scene where an 87-year-old motorcyclist has been airlifted to hospital after crash in Blackrod

Paramedics at the scene where an 87-year-old motorcyclist has been airlifted to hospital after crash in Blackrod

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AN 87-year-old motorcyclist was airlifted to hospital after being hit by a car in Blackrod.

The man was left with a broken right leg, but is condition is not thought to be life-threatening.

The accident happened at about 11.50am today on the A6 Chorley Road, near the Cherry Tree restaurant, and involved a black motorbike and a blue Hyundai.

The road was closed off while police and paramedics attended and waited for the air ambulance to arrive.

Tom Taylor, owner of the Cherry Tree, said: “One of my customers was just leaving the restaurant, then ran across to me and said that an elderly man had been knocked off his motorbike.

“I went out to the main road and he was lying there. There was already a lot of people gathered around and then the police turned up.

“The road was blocked while the air ambulance was called to take him to hospital.

"There were about 11 police cars at the scene so it must have been serious.

“He had an injured leg and was lying on the road for a good hour before the air ambulance arrived.”

A police spokesman said: “We got a call at 11.47am about a road traffic collision involving a black motorbike and a car.

“An 87-year-old man was airlifted to hospital after suffering a fracture to his right leg. His condition is not through to be life threatening.”

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4:12pm Fri 30 May 14

marco999 says...

Why all the focus on this mans age? I hope he makes a full and speedy recovery.
Why all the focus on this mans age? I hope he makes a full and speedy recovery. marco999
  • Score: 19

4:40pm Fri 30 May 14

filthy6 says...

There seems to have been a few accidents there recently. You do see a lot driving from the A6 on to Chorley Brow whilst maintaining at least 60mph & driving off Chorley Brow on to A6 without stopping
There seems to have been a few accidents there recently. You do see a lot driving from the A6 on to Chorley Brow whilst maintaining at least 60mph & driving off Chorley Brow on to A6 without stopping filthy6
  • Score: 7

5:14pm Fri 30 May 14

Wolfie190 says...

11 police cars were they expecting rioting to break out or something ?
11 police cars were they expecting rioting to break out or something ? Wolfie190
  • Score: 10

5:30pm Fri 30 May 14

wsw69 says...

First and foremost here's hoping this chap is going to make a full recovery.

Crap journalism yet again. QUOTE 'The man suffered a broken right leg, but is condition is not thought to be life threatening'.

His should start with a 'H' and not just 'is'.

There were five police vehicles. Two to close the road either side, a police van, a police car and a traffic car to carry out the investigation.
First and foremost here's hoping this chap is going to make a full recovery. Crap journalism yet again. QUOTE 'The man suffered a broken right leg, but is condition is not thought to be life threatening'. His should start with a 'H' and not just 'is'. There were five police vehicles. Two to close the road either side, a police van, a police car and a traffic car to carry out the investigation. wsw69
  • Score: 14

5:41pm Fri 30 May 14

DavidJamesDean says...

Sorry but I don't understand.
Why the air ambulance?, especially having to wait an hour for it. An ambulance could go from the cherry tree to the hospital in about 15 minutes. So in waiting for the air ambulance surely his treatment was delayed, or are we that short of ambulances that we have to resort to the air ambulance. In the past I have been a supporter of this resource but I will question my donations in future unless someone can explain why it was required this time.
Sorry but I don't understand. Why the air ambulance?, especially having to wait an hour for it. An ambulance could go from the cherry tree to the hospital in about 15 minutes. So in waiting for the air ambulance surely his treatment was delayed, or are we that short of ambulances that we have to resort to the air ambulance. In the past I have been a supporter of this resource but I will question my donations in future unless someone can explain why it was required this time. DavidJamesDean
  • Score: 11

5:56pm Fri 30 May 14

mrivill says...

I worked at the car wash facing the junction there can be anything upto one crash a month at that junction. Minimum
I worked at the car wash facing the junction there can be anything upto one crash a month at that junction. Minimum mrivill
  • Score: 5

6:03pm Fri 30 May 14

wsw69 says...

DavidJamesDean wrote:
Sorry but I don't understand.
Why the air ambulance?, especially having to wait an hour for it. An ambulance could go from the cherry tree to the hospital in about 15 minutes. So in waiting for the air ambulance surely his treatment was delayed, or are we that short of ambulances that we have to resort to the air ambulance. In the past I have been a supporter of this resource but I will question my donations in future unless someone can explain why it was required this time.
The most likely reason is due to the chaps age, not being 100% sure that he would have sustained more serious injuries in respect of his back, spine, neck and head. A land ambulance transfer in those situations could make it worse and the decision will have been taken that with Paramedics in attendance the chaps condition would not worsen.

It wasn't an hours wait either.

Don't believe all you read in ANY paper, especially this one, which seems to apply 'creative licence' to make a more 'juicy' read. It's a low-level snooze paper with low-level qualities and that's visible in the grammar and how articles are put together.
[quote][p][bold]DavidJamesDean[/bold] wrote: Sorry but I don't understand. Why the air ambulance?, especially having to wait an hour for it. An ambulance could go from the cherry tree to the hospital in about 15 minutes. So in waiting for the air ambulance surely his treatment was delayed, or are we that short of ambulances that we have to resort to the air ambulance. In the past I have been a supporter of this resource but I will question my donations in future unless someone can explain why it was required this time.[/p][/quote]The most likely reason is due to the chaps age, not being 100% sure that he would have sustained more serious injuries in respect of his back, spine, neck and head. A land ambulance transfer in those situations could make it worse and the decision will have been taken that with Paramedics in attendance the chaps condition would not worsen. It wasn't an hours wait either. Don't believe all you read in ANY paper, especially this one, which seems to apply 'creative licence' to make a more 'juicy' read. It's a low-level snooze paper with low-level qualities and that's visible in the grammar and how articles are put together. wsw69
  • Score: 17

7:00pm Fri 30 May 14

zoejackson says...

This is my grandad. He is 87 years old. He can not recover as easily as us younger people when we're in an accident. I'm glad they went fully out of the way. They were very helpful and ensured he had the best help possible and that they though of every possible injury he could potentially have. He was fine whilst eaiting. He even had a bit of a laugh with a police officer. So people don't be disrespectful by saying "why did he need a helicopter to take him to hospital". Imagine if it was your relative.
This is my grandad. He is 87 years old. He can not recover as easily as us younger people when we're in an accident. I'm glad they went fully out of the way. They were very helpful and ensured he had the best help possible and that they though of every possible injury he could potentially have. He was fine whilst eaiting. He even had a bit of a laugh with a police officer. So people don't be disrespectful by saying "why did he need a helicopter to take him to hospital". Imagine if it was your relative. zoejackson
  • Score: 37

7:02pm Fri 30 May 14

zoejackson says...

DavidJamesDean wrote:
Sorry but I don't understand.
Why the air ambulance?, especially having to wait an hour for it. An ambulance could go from the cherry tree to the hospital in about 15 minutes. So in waiting for the air ambulance surely his treatment was delayed, or are we that short of ambulances that we have to resort to the air ambulance. In the past I have been a supporter of this resource but I will question my donations in future unless someone can explain why it was required this time.
He went to preston hospital. So think before you say.
[quote][p][bold]DavidJamesDean[/bold] wrote: Sorry but I don't understand. Why the air ambulance?, especially having to wait an hour for it. An ambulance could go from the cherry tree to the hospital in about 15 minutes. So in waiting for the air ambulance surely his treatment was delayed, or are we that short of ambulances that we have to resort to the air ambulance. In the past I have been a supporter of this resource but I will question my donations in future unless someone can explain why it was required this time.[/p][/quote]He went to preston hospital. So think before you say. zoejackson
  • Score: 6

7:55pm Fri 30 May 14

FrusteratedCowYed says...

zoejackson wrote:
This is my grandad. He is 87 years old. He can not recover as easily as us younger people when we're in an accident. I'm glad they went fully out of the way. They were very helpful and ensured he had the best help possible and that they though of every possible injury he could potentially have. He was fine whilst eaiting. He even had a bit of a laugh with a police officer. So people don't be disrespectful by saying "why did he need a helicopter to take him to hospital". Imagine if it was your relative.
Well said. As usual people jumping to conclusions with knowing anything other than what they have read in this paper. Surely the paramedics who attend the scene are in the best place to decide whether the air ambulance is the best way to transfer the patient for the best result. Hope your Grandad makes a good recovery and gets back on his bike as soon as possible. I hope I am still riding my bike when I am 87!
[quote][p][bold]zoejackson[/bold] wrote: This is my grandad. He is 87 years old. He can not recover as easily as us younger people when we're in an accident. I'm glad they went fully out of the way. They were very helpful and ensured he had the best help possible and that they though of every possible injury he could potentially have. He was fine whilst eaiting. He even had a bit of a laugh with a police officer. So people don't be disrespectful by saying "why did he need a helicopter to take him to hospital". Imagine if it was your relative.[/p][/quote]Well said. As usual people jumping to conclusions with knowing anything other than what they have read in this paper. Surely the paramedics who attend the scene are in the best place to decide whether the air ambulance is the best way to transfer the patient for the best result. Hope your Grandad makes a good recovery and gets back on his bike as soon as possible. I hope I am still riding my bike when I am 87! FrusteratedCowYed
  • Score: 22

8:07pm Fri 30 May 14

wsw69 says...

zoejackson wrote:
This is my grandad. He is 87 years old. He can not recover as easily as us younger people when we're in an accident. I'm glad they went fully out of the way. They were very helpful and ensured he had the best help possible and that they though of every possible injury he could potentially have. He was fine whilst eaiting. He even had a bit of a laugh with a police officer. So people don't be disrespectful by saying "why did he need a helicopter to take him to hospital". Imagine if it was your relative.
Best wishes to your grandad and hopefully he's back to normal as soon as possible.
[quote][p][bold]zoejackson[/bold] wrote: This is my grandad. He is 87 years old. He can not recover as easily as us younger people when we're in an accident. I'm glad they went fully out of the way. They were very helpful and ensured he had the best help possible and that they though of every possible injury he could potentially have. He was fine whilst eaiting. He even had a bit of a laugh with a police officer. So people don't be disrespectful by saying "why did he need a helicopter to take him to hospital". Imagine if it was your relative.[/p][/quote]Best wishes to your grandad and hopefully he's back to normal as soon as possible. wsw69
  • Score: 18

8:12pm Fri 30 May 14

wsw69 says...

zoejackson wrote:
DavidJamesDean wrote:
Sorry but I don't understand.
Why the air ambulance?, especially having to wait an hour for it. An ambulance could go from the cherry tree to the hospital in about 15 minutes. So in waiting for the air ambulance surely his treatment was delayed, or are we that short of ambulances that we have to resort to the air ambulance. In the past I have been a supporter of this resource but I will question my donations in future unless someone can explain why it was required this time.
He went to preston hospital. So think before you say.
It's the call of the emergency services to make available which resource they deem fit. It's not down to cost, and they can't just sit and wait for the nearest and cheapest resource to become available. The three air ambulance's are there for everybody, irrespective of what Joe Public 'thinks' is right or wrong. Leave it to the pro's, that's why they are pro's and first rate at what they do.

It's also easy to be wise AFTER the event, bearing in mind every accident is different and unique.
[quote][p][bold]zoejackson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DavidJamesDean[/bold] wrote: Sorry but I don't understand. Why the air ambulance?, especially having to wait an hour for it. An ambulance could go from the cherry tree to the hospital in about 15 minutes. So in waiting for the air ambulance surely his treatment was delayed, or are we that short of ambulances that we have to resort to the air ambulance. In the past I have been a supporter of this resource but I will question my donations in future unless someone can explain why it was required this time.[/p][/quote]He went to preston hospital. So think before you say.[/p][/quote]It's the call of the emergency services to make available which resource they deem fit. It's not down to cost, and they can't just sit and wait for the nearest and cheapest resource to become available. The three air ambulance's are there for everybody, irrespective of what Joe Public 'thinks' is right or wrong. Leave it to the pro's, that's why they are pro's and first rate at what they do. It's also easy to be wise AFTER the event, bearing in mind every accident is different and unique. wsw69
  • Score: 8

10:04pm Fri 30 May 14

Wolfie190 says...

zoejackson wrote:
This is my grandad. He is 87 years old. He can not recover as easily as us younger people when we're in an accident. I'm glad they went fully out of the way. They were very helpful and ensured he had the best help possible and that they though of every possible injury he could potentially have. He was fine whilst eaiting. He even had a bit of a laugh with a police officer. So people don't be disrespectful by saying "why did he need a helicopter to take him to hospital". Imagine if it was your relative.
Is he one of the guys who goes Rivvy bottom barn in the afternoon ?
[quote][p][bold]zoejackson[/bold] wrote: This is my grandad. He is 87 years old. He can not recover as easily as us younger people when we're in an accident. I'm glad they went fully out of the way. They were very helpful and ensured he had the best help possible and that they though of every possible injury he could potentially have. He was fine whilst eaiting. He even had a bit of a laugh with a police officer. So people don't be disrespectful by saying "why did he need a helicopter to take him to hospital". Imagine if it was your relative.[/p][/quote]Is he one of the guys who goes Rivvy bottom barn in the afternoon ? Wolfie190
  • Score: 0

2:39am Sat 31 May 14

Louise Unsworth-Murphy says...

I was rerouted by police at the sight of the accident at 12.50pm I actually got quite choked up when I saw the scene it looked awful and there were so many police there because there was 4 different ways to get to the actual point of the scene and so all 4 ways had to be blocked off. When I had finished my errands I still couldn't gain access back home using my usual route and that was at 2pm.
Zoe I hope your grandad and anyone else who was injured in the accident a very speedy recovery xx
I was rerouted by police at the sight of the accident at 12.50pm I actually got quite choked up when I saw the scene it looked awful and there were so many police there because there was 4 different ways to get to the actual point of the scene and so all 4 ways had to be blocked off. When I had finished my errands I still couldn't gain access back home using my usual route and that was at 2pm. Zoe I hope your grandad and anyone else who was injured in the accident a very speedy recovery xx Louise Unsworth-Murphy
  • Score: 4

5:17am Sat 31 May 14

estherroger says...

Years ago I was walking home from a night shift and slipped and needed the help of the police ambulance and mountain
Rescue I was slated in this paper when they reported the story completely wrong never believe what you read unless you where there I hope this gentleman recovers soon from his unfortunate accident x
Years ago I was walking home from a night shift and slipped and needed the help of the police ambulance and mountain Rescue I was slated in this paper when they reported the story completely wrong never believe what you read unless you where there I hope this gentleman recovers soon from his unfortunate accident x estherroger
  • Score: 5

8:23am Sat 31 May 14

atlas123 says...

DavidJamesDean wrote:
Sorry but I don't understand.
Why the air ambulance?, especially having to wait an hour for it. An ambulance could go from the cherry tree to the hospital in about 15 minutes. So in waiting for the air ambulance surely his treatment was delayed, or are we that short of ambulances that we have to resort to the air ambulance. In the past I have been a supporter of this resource but I will question my donations in future unless someone can explain why it was required this time.
The air ambulance was on scene a lot quicker than that.

It carries doctors/medical persons who worked on the casualty to stabalise him for the flight/movement. This work would need to have been done irrespective of the whether the casualty was taken by air, land, sea or UFO.
[quote][p][bold]DavidJamesDean[/bold] wrote: Sorry but I don't understand. Why the air ambulance?, especially having to wait an hour for it. An ambulance could go from the cherry tree to the hospital in about 15 minutes. So in waiting for the air ambulance surely his treatment was delayed, or are we that short of ambulances that we have to resort to the air ambulance. In the past I have been a supporter of this resource but I will question my donations in future unless someone can explain why it was required this time.[/p][/quote]The air ambulance was on scene a lot quicker than that. It carries doctors/medical persons who worked on the casualty to stabalise him for the flight/movement. This work would need to have been done irrespective of the whether the casualty was taken by air, land, sea or UFO. atlas123
  • Score: 5

8:29am Sat 31 May 14

atlas123 says...

DavidJamesDean wrote:
Sorry but I don't understand.
Why the air ambulance?, especially having to wait an hour for it. An ambulance could go from the cherry tree to the hospital in about 15 minutes. So in waiting for the air ambulance surely his treatment was delayed, or are we that short of ambulances that we have to resort to the air ambulance. In the past I have been a supporter of this resource but I will question my donations in future unless someone can explain why it was required this time.
Further to the above, ambulance workers essentially have two options at a scene.

"Stay and Play" or "Scoop and Run" clearly in this case stabilizing the patient, reducing the serious bleeds from the open fractures, manipulting the fractures to ensure blood flow to save the limbs and getting him immobilised to prevent further injury were deemed to be more important than getting him to hospital immediately.
[quote][p][bold]DavidJamesDean[/bold] wrote: Sorry but I don't understand. Why the air ambulance?, especially having to wait an hour for it. An ambulance could go from the cherry tree to the hospital in about 15 minutes. So in waiting for the air ambulance surely his treatment was delayed, or are we that short of ambulances that we have to resort to the air ambulance. In the past I have been a supporter of this resource but I will question my donations in future unless someone can explain why it was required this time.[/p][/quote]Further to the above, ambulance workers essentially have two options at a scene. "Stay and Play" or "Scoop and Run" clearly in this case stabilizing the patient, reducing the serious bleeds from the open fractures, manipulting the fractures to ensure blood flow to save the limbs and getting him immobilised to prevent further injury were deemed to be more important than getting him to hospital immediately. atlas123
  • Score: 5

8:56am Sat 31 May 14

Terry McC says...

This man grandad dad could have had a Roles Royce to hospital if he needed it he has paid his subs in good luck to your grandad zoejackson hope he recovers wish him good luck ( about time this road was sorted its a race track not a road)
This man grandad dad could have had a Roles Royce to hospital if he needed it he has paid his subs in good luck to your grandad zoejackson hope he recovers wish him good luck ( about time this road was sorted its a race track not a road) Terry McC
  • Score: 4

9:16am Sat 31 May 14

lancashiregirl says...

Wishing him a very speedy recovery
Wishing him a very speedy recovery lancashiregirl
  • Score: 2

4:01pm Mon 2 Jun 14

adatherton says...

I live in Blackrod and there are loads of accidents on the A6. They really ought to improve that Dark Lane/Grimeford Lane junction, like they did with the Station Road/Crown Lane one a few years ago, which was terrible for accidents before they put the traffic lights on (still not good now!)
I live in Blackrod and there are loads of accidents on the A6. They really ought to improve that Dark Lane/Grimeford Lane junction, like they did with the Station Road/Crown Lane one a few years ago, which was terrible for accidents before they put the traffic lights on (still not good now!) adatherton
  • Score: 0

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