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Biker fights for life after crash

Date published: 09 December 2013

A 21-year-old motorcyclist is fighting for his life after a crash in Shaw.

The rider was thrown around 20ft from his Honda CBR 500cc machine in a collision with a taxi at the junction of Oldham Road and Otmoor Way.

The taxi is believed to have been turning right off Oldham Road when the accident happened shortly after 9am yesterday. The motorcyclist has life-threatening head injuries, while the 55-year-old taxi driver was uninjured.

The victim was taken to Wythenshawe Hospital by air ambulance and later transferred to Salford Royal Hospital. His bike ended up in the garden of a house in Otmoor Way. The owner, who did not want to be named, said: “It has been a very upsetting experience. There was a very loud bang and I went to the front window. All I saw was a taxi about to turn down Otmoor Way.

“The bike was on the grass at the side of my house. The young man was lying on the ground. He was unconscious and I thought he was dead.

Someone called 999 and the woman continued: “The impact must have been severe for him to have been thrown so far away from his bike and his helmet was cracked. We did not try to move him.”

“The ambulance came very quickly. It was obviously very serious because they worked on him for a long time. They worked really hard.”

PC Paul Shore from the serious collision investigation unit said: “We are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the collision itself or either vehicle immediately beforehand to call us urgently.”

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 4741.


Not a good time of the year for something like this to happen.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the biker and his family.


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