Cyclist airlifted to hospital after road crash near Rugby

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A man was airlifted to hospital after a crash near Rugby on Saturday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Longdown Lane, Willoughby, at around 8.30am on Saturday.

An ambulance, paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a car in a ditch at the side of the road and an injured cyclist on the floor.

“The cyclist, aged in his late 30s or early 40s, had reportedly been thrown 30 yards in the collision and sustained a suspected fractured pelvis and a leg injury.

“Crews and the doctor administered pain relief to the man to stabilise his condition before he was immobilised using a pelvic splint, neck collar and spinal board. The man was then airlifted to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further assessment and treatment.

“The driver of the car, a man, had managed to extricate himself from the vehicle which had ended up in a ditch after colliding with the cyclist and a tree. Despite the car being badly damaged, the man suffered no serious injuries and did not require hospital treatment.”