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Bike rider suffers two broken legs in crash

The scene in Middleton-in-Teesdale on Sunday after a serious biking accident. Credit: GNAAS

A motorbike rider is being treated for two broken legs after a three bike crash at Middleton-in-Teesdale in County Durham.

It happened on Sunday (July 17).

A 62-year-old man was thrown from his bike and suffered serious injuries.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) was called at around 1:40pm.

The man received one unit of blood and strong pain relief before he was flown to James Cook University Hospital.

Two other people suffered minor injuries in the incident.

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Walker seriously injured after 30 feet fall from Northumberland waterfall

A woman has been airlifted to hospital after falling 30 feet from a waterfall near Bellingham, Northumberland, whilst out walking.

The woman suffered serious head and neck injuries.

The Great North Air Ambulance, aided by police, the Mountain Rescue Service and a Bellingham Community Responder, was able to transfer the patient to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle in 15 minutes.

The patient's condition is said to be stable.

Man airlifted to hospital from Durham with neck injuries

A 21-year-old man has been airlifted to hospital from Durham with serious neck injuries.

Police were called to a house on Margery Lane in Durham City at about 9.30am to attend to the casualty.

He has been taken to James Cook hospital in Middlesbrough by air ambulance.

A cordon is in place at the property to allow for the police investigation.

At this stage police are not seeking anyone else in connection with the incident.

Life-saving blood transfusions inspired by armed forces

In the last year, 9 lives have been saved after blood was carried on Great North Air Ambulance helicopters and given to injured people at the scene of accidents. 36 people were treated between January 2015 and 2016. Dr Rachel Hawes, who works with the service, says it was inspired by her time as an army reservist in Afghanistan.

Man thanks pioneering blood transfusion for saving his life

9 lives were saved in the North East last year, under a pioneering scheme to give blood transfusions to critically injured patients before they're transported to hospital. Bags of blood have been kept on Great North Air Ambulance helicopters, since January 2015, allowing more specialist procedures to be performed at the scene of accidents. They're transported to air bases, on motorbikes, by the charity Blood Bikes.

To mark a first successful year, a celebration was held at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary. One Northumberland man, whose life was saved by the procedure after a cycling accident, says it's a vital service:

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