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Air ambulance hope after injury

By Michael McHugh

An air ambulance service is on the agenda after a spectator was badly hurt during a motorcycle race, Northern Ireland's health minister has said.

A woman spectator was taken to hospital by helicopter following the crash involving three motorcycles at the North West 200 over the weekend.

Minister Simon Hamilton said a permanent service would be a good thing if the appropriate resources were available.

"That will require not just investment in a helicopter but investment in staff and maintenance... but also infrastructure to ensure that there is an appropriate place to land it.

"It is something that is on the agenda and the events of the weekend highlight it."

TUV leader Jim Allister told the Assembly there was nowhere to land it at the Royal, Northern Ireland's main trauma hospital.

A variety of reports are being prepared on the prospect of an all-Ireland service, the minister said.

North West 200 organisers said the "serious incident" happened on the section of the North Coast course between York Corner and Mill Road Roundabout.

The crash happened during the opening Superstock race on Saturday.

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