Cyclists remain in hospital after collision with car near Eastwell

East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) will only send vehicles to the most serious incidents during Thursday's (January 29) proposed 24-hour strike PNL-151008-150822001
East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) will only send vehicles to the most serious incidents during Thursday's (January 29) proposed 24-hour strike PNL-151008-150822001
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Four cyclists were injured when a car collided with their group near Eastwell on Sunday.

Three of the cyclists were taken to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, two of them via air ambulance, following the incident on Waltham Road at around 11.50am.

A spokesperson for Leicestershire Police said: “One man has since been discharged. Two remain in hospital where their condition is described as critical but stable.

“The driver of the car was not injured. The road around the collision was closed while an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident was carried out. Enquiries are ongoing.”

The Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) and the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance (LNAA) were scrambled to attend the scene.

Dr Leon Roberts, an EMICS (East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme) doctor attended the scene with the DLRAA. He said: “A car was in collision with four semi-professional cyclists near Eastwell, close to the Scalford junction, just before noon.

“Two casualties were flown by air ambulance to Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC) in Nottingham and one casualty was escorted by land ambulance to hospital.

“Two of the cyclists had extremely serious injuries which were life threatening.” Two EMICS doctors also attended the incident, along with a crew from East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) and Leicestershire Police.

Dr Roberts said: “We do occasionally get called out to road incidents involving cyclists because Melton is a very popular area for people to cycle.

“But it is very, very unusual for these incidents to involve this number of cyclists. The ambulance service, the doctors and the paramedics did a great job in helping to treat the casualties.”