Man who survived bike smash dubbed ‘luckiest man alive’

Keith Talbot.
Keith Talbot.
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A MOTORCYCLIST has been named the ‘luckiest man in Britain’ after surviving an horrific collision in rural Northumberland.

The medics who treated Keith Talbot for extensive injuries after the incident have been amazed by the speed of his recovery.

The 43-year-old Ashington man sustained broken ribs, a smashed pelvis and ripped arteries when he crashed into a car on a blind dip on Sunday, May 6, when Mr Talbot was out for a ride with a group of friends near Alnwick.

Mr Talbot, who was driving a trike at the time, said: “I actually have no memory of the day at all, it’s like the whole day, and week for that matter, never happened.

“As far as I am aware I woke up in intensive care and had no idea how I got there. It was pretty scary actually, like waking from a nightmare.

“From what I’ve been told, the section of road I was travelling on has a big dip in it. I was overtaking a car thinking it was clear, but I clearly hadn’t seen the car in the dip.”

An off duty North East Ambulance Service paramedic was passing the scene and was able to begin treatment immediately. They were joined by an ambulance and then the Great North Air Ambulance (GNAAS).

GNAAS paramedic Colin Clark said: “This was a massive impact, and I think Mr Talbot was the luckiest man in Britain that day.

“It was fortunate that there was an off duty paramedic on the scene quickly, and that the road crew were also quick to respond.

“This meant that when we arrived, our doctor was able to be fully briefed before the patient was anaesthetised on the roadside and then airlifted.”

Mr Talbot was airlifted to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, a journey which took just 13 minutes. He underwent major surgery and is still recovering in hospital. But his condition has improved dramatically and he hopes to be taking his first steps since the incident within a month.

Mr Talbot and his friends are now arranging a fundraiser for the Great North Air Ambulance Service, which relies on charitable giving to survive. “I owe my life to your crew and all the other medics and doctors that saved me that day,” he said.

The band night, featuring Ball of Mayhem and special guests, takes place from 7pm on Friday, September 21, at the Excelsior Club, Station Road, Ashington. There will also be a raffle and fancy dress with the theme of Eighties hair metal and glam rock. Entry is £2.

Mr Talbot added: “I will actually miss the weekend rides out on it with my friends, but due to the extreme nature of my injuries, and the length of time in hospital, there is no way I will ever get another trike or bike and risk anything like this happening again.”