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Nine men hurt in cycle race crash

Nine men have been hurt after they were involved in a crash at a racing event, police said.

The cyclists were taking part in a race at the Aldersley Leisure Village in Wolverhampton when they all collided.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident just after 1.45pm.

A spokesman for the service said: "It was during a cycle race that nine bikes collided. Two of the cyclists who fell off their bikes hit their heads and had suspected spinal injuries.

"They were both immobilised with the use of spinal boards and neck collars and were taken by land ambulances to New Cross Hospital.

"Another six had, between them, a broken elbow, a broken finger and minor cuts and bruises.

"Two of these six were taken to New Cross Hospital, the other four to Walsall Manor Hospital, all by land ambulances.

"A ninth man who had minor injuries said he would make his own way to a walk-in centre for treatment."

Two rapid response vehicles, one driven by a senior paramedic officer, another by a community paramedic attended along with five ambulance crews and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford.

The event had on-site medical cover which had already begun treating the cyclists before the arrival of ambulance crews.

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