Crashed rider trapped in barbed wire

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a motorcyclist was seriously injured in a road traffic collision in Heysham last Thursday.

The incident happened at 3:50pm when the 29-year-old man was riding his Honda CRR 1000 motorbike towards the direction of Overton along Moss Lane.

The rider, from Carlisle, is believed to have lost control on a right hand bend and has left the road down a ditch leading into the River Lune.

He hit a fence where he became trapped by barbed wire around his leg but was released within the hour by firefighters and paramedics.

The rider was then airlifted to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary with serious leg injuries and later transferred to Preston Royal infirmary for further treatment.

PC Shaun Canning, from the road policing unit, said: “I would urge anybody that witnessed this incident to contact me at Morecambe Police Station quoting log number LC-2011-0707-0954.

“The rider was extremely lucky that he had been travelling in company with a friend on another motorbike otherwise it is unlikely he would have been seen from the road by members of the public.”