Teenager in airlift drama

Air ambulance at Park View 4 U, Lytham, following an accident on the BMX track and (below) the teenager being treated.

Air ambulance at Park View 4 U, Lytham, following an accident on the BMX track and (below) the teenager being treated.

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A TEENAGER had to be airlifted to hospital after a horror accident at a popular park.

The 17-year-old boy suffered back injuries after falling off his bike on the BMX track at Lytham’s Park View 4 U.

A boy is treated by air ambulance paramedics after an accident at Park View 4 U, Ballam Road, Lytham

A boy is treated by air ambulance paramedics after an accident at Park View 4 U, Ballam Road, Lytham

Ambulances headed to the scene, on Ballam Road, shortly after 4.30pm on Tuesday, but had to call in the North West Air Ambulance because of the location of the incident.

Eyewitnesses said the teenager, who has not been named, was treated on the ground for around 20 minutes before being airlifted to Royal Preston Hospital.

Baz Scott watched the drama unfold and said: “I was on the park with my children and saw the air ambulance circling Ballam Road, and I assumed at first it was an accident on the road.

“But then the ambulance came on to the park area and a young lad ran over from the park area and flagged it down.

“He led the paramedic over to the BMX part of the park, where there was a young lad lying flat out.

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“There were three lads together on mountain bikes and it looked like one of them had fallen off.

“The paramedics took care of the boy for about 20 minutes and then secured him onto a spinal board and took him to hospital in the helicopter.”

The North West Air Ambulance Service confirmed it had attended the incident at around 4.35pm to deal with a male who had suffered a “suspected sporting injury”, and had taken him to the Preston hospital for treatment.

A spokeswoman for the North West Ambulance Service added: “A 17-year-old make came off his bike in the middle of a playing field and dirt track, so we summoned the air ambulance.

“He was complaining of back pain and the air ambulance came and took him to Royal Preston Hospital.”

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