Motocross crash help
First aiders sprang into
action on Sunday (11 October 2009) following a
crash at the Weston Beach Race in Weston-super-Mare,
Thousands of motocross racers took part
in an endurance race set to last three hours but
within minutes of the start, several bikes
collided, with participants and members of the crowd
21 people suffered injuries and a 16 year
old racer was taken to
hospital critically ill after a
collision during the popular event.
We had five ambulances at the scene within minutes.
St John Ambulance Avon Commissioner Operations
Jeremy Hughes, Commissioner Operations at
St John Ambulance in Avon said: 'We had five ambulances at the
scene within minutes. We quickly realised this was a major
incident and requested back up from the Great Western
Ambulance Service to help cope with the number of casualties.
'One of the motocross riders was in a
serious condition and we had three healthcare professionals
including a doctor treating him at the scene before taking him to
hospital. Most of the others who were injured suffered suspected
fractures so we made them comfortable and transported those we
could to hospital while relatives took others. It was a hectic
situation but one that was well handled by all involved.'