A TEENAGER has been airlifted to hospital after crashing his bicycle into the back of a delivery lorry in Alnwick town centre this morning (Monday).
The 14-year-old local boy was riding at Greenwell Lane car park when he is believed to have been distracted and run into the back of the parked wagon, which was making a delivery to the rear of Bondgate Within at around 10am.
He suffered a traumatic head injury and suspected broken arm.
Passers-by gave him first aid before police and paramedics attended, while the Great North Air Ambulance helicopter was also called in.
In a remarkable show of skill, the pilot managed to put the helicopter down in one of the car parks, with its rotors having only feet to spare between lamp-posts and trees on the boundary of neighbouring Alnwick Castle.
The boy’s family was also on scene as he was treated in a waiting ambulance, before being transferred to the helicopter and flown to Newcastle RVI.
Traffic turning at the Bondgate Tower to gain access to the main car parks at Greenwell Lane were turned around, causing some minor disruption.
The car park was reopened at around 10.45am after police took photographs of the scene and statements from witnesses.
See this Thursday’s Northumberland Gazette for a full story and photographs.