Trail bike accident



WHAT began as a trail bike ride ended in a helicopter dash to hospital for Ryan French.

The Coffs Harbour 20-yearold is going to have to take things easy for a while after breaking his leg in a nasty accident on Sunday afternoon.

Ryan was only l0 minutes into his ride with two mates on forestry trails at Bucca when the drama unfolded.

"I came into a corner too quickly on my KX250cc and lost it. The bike landed on me," Ryan said from his hospital bed on Monday.

"I knew I'd broken my right leg because it was bent out of shape."

His mates pulled the bike off him and held a towel above him to make sure he was protected from the blazing heat in the aftermath of the crash.

"I was in a fair bit of pain and went into shock. I don't want to go through that again, that's for sure," Ryan said.

"One of my friends had to ride back to his house, which was five minutes away, and he told his uncle, who contacted the ambulance."

Paramedics stabilised him and took him about 400m to a nearby farm where a Lismore based Lifesaver 4 Westpac rescue helicopter was able to land.

He was airlifted to Coffs Harbour Health Campus, where he arrived about 4.30pm, and was grateful he didn't have to negotiate the bumpy forest tracks by ambulance during his journey to hospital.

Ryan had a full plaster placed on his leg on Monday afternoon and was due to leave hospital yesterday.

Doctors hope his leg, which has two broken bones, will mend without the need for surgery to insert pins.

Ryan, who is a truck detailer at Brown and Hurley, will be out of action for six weeks.

However, he says the ordeal won't stop him from riding again.

"I've been riding trail bikes since I was 13," he said.

Only 18 months ago, he sustained a fractured ankle when he came off his bike, but Sunday's incident is by far the worst mishap he has endured.



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