Ambulance staff are urging youngsters to wear a cycle helmet when riding off road in the woods. The call comes after a youngster was anaesthetised and taken on blue lights to a paediatric major trauma centre after crashing.
The incident happened in Perry Wood Local Nature Reserve, off Redfern Avenue in Worcester at about 3.30pm on Monday afternoon.
An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham, with a doctor and critical care paramedic on board, were sent to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The incident happened on a steep slope about 50 yards into the woods when the boy crashed while going down the slope leaving him unconscious.
“The boy suffered a head injury. After being assessed by the doctor, the decision was taken to anaesthetise the youngster before he was taken on blue lights by road to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
“While it is clearly a matter for the individual or their parent/guardian, our view is that a cycle helmet can help prevent injury and could have resulted in a different outcome in this case.