Mountain biker seriously injured

AN mountain biker was airlifted to hospital with serious head injuries following an incident on Longstone Edge on Sunday morning.

The 47-year-old man from Sheffield, riding with a group of friends, apparently braked to avoid an oncoming vehicle and went over the handlebars, hitting the hard surface track.

Despite wearing a helmet he sustained serious head injuries, and was treated on site by doctors, paramedics from two air ambulances which had landed nearby and a mountain rescue team doctor.

Medical intervention was required on site and the casualty was flown to the Northern General Hospital, Sheffield for further treatment.

Neil Carruthers, Buxton Mountain Rescue Team Leader said: “This gentleman was very ill and we worked with the East Midlands Ambulance Service, medical crews from the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance and the Notts and Lincolnshire Air Ambulance to stabilise him and get him to hospital care as soon as possible.”