Lucky escape after beach race accident

PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 October 2011 | UPDATED: 11:19 12 October 2011

Mike Norton before the race

Mike Norton before the race

A LOCAL rider was lucky after escaping from a nasty accident at the Weston Beach Race with only a couple of stitches.

Mike Norton, from Worle, was taking part in Sunday’s main solo race when two bikes landed on him after he jumped a dune on his second lap.

The 48-year-old father of two was immediately rushed to Weston General Hospital with chest trauma from the impact, internal bruising, a swollen left elbow and injury, left knee ligament damage and bruising down the whole of the left hand side of his leg,

After receiving eight stitches for his elbow injury, he was released from the hospital on Monday evening.

His fiancée Adelaide Campbell said: “Mike was extremely lucky, if it was not for an anonymous member of the public running on the track and stopping anymore bikes landing on him it could have been very much worse than it was.

“He can remember several bikes landing next to his head before he was rescued.”

He said: “I would like to thank all the staff at A&E, especially a nurse called Amy, the consultant David West and his team, all the staff on Hutton Ward and the St John’s Ambulance team on the beach for the fantastic care they gave me.

“Ironically this was my last motorcross race before I retired.”

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