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Mountain biker crashes in Shropshire woods

Paramedics carried out a dramatic rescue operation at Eastridge Wood, Habberley near Pontesbury, when a 46-year-old man came off his mountain bike. He hit a tree stump and suffered a dislocated shoulder and fractured ribs.

The ambulance crews climbed 30ft up a 60-degree slop to reach and treat the man before lowering him down to a six-wheel drive vehicle that was used to get him to an ambulance.

Jamie Arrowsmith a spokesman for the West Midlands Ambulance Service, said: “Crews were called to reports of a 46-year-old man who had come off his mountain bike on a steep downhill track. It is believed he was thrown over his handlebars before colliding with a tree stump.

“Due to his difficult location, crews had to walk half-a-mile from the ambulance before finding the patient, who remained conscious throughout. They had to climb approximately 30ft up a 60-degree slope before being able to begin treating the man.

“He was initially put onto a scoop stretcher before the trust’s HART team liaised with the fire service in order to establish the safest way to get the man back to the ambulance.”

The man was taken to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for assessment and treatment after the incident, that happened on Sunday.

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