Families seek passers-by who came to boys’ aid after bicycle crash near Bourne Wood

Luke Cooper, from Bourne, who was injured when he and his friend crashed their bicycles in Bourne Wood.'Photo: MSMP050613-014ow
Luke Cooper, from Bourne, who was injured when he and his friend crashed their bicycles in Bourne Wood.'Photo: MSMP050613-014ow
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The families of two boys seriously injured in a bicycle crash near Bourne Wood on Saturday are trying to contact the people who helped them.

At about 1pm two New College Stamford students from Bourne, Liam Corr, 17, and Luke Cooper, 18, crashed into a ditch on their bikes in a field near Cawthorpe on the outskirts of the wood.

In the accident Liam was struck in the throat by the T section on the crossbar of his bike causing severe injuries.

The impact fractured his larynx and ripped his wind pipe.

Luke, who despite wearing a helmet was concussed in the accident, managed to call 999 before a man and woman passing by came to their aid.

The man stayed with the boys while the woman took over the emergency call and helped direct ambulance services to the scene.

Liam was immediately flown to Nottingham Queens Medical Centre by the Linconlshire and Nottinghamshie Air Ambulance in a life threatening condition.

He was given an emergency tracheotomy to allow him to breathe and surgeons operated on him further. He is now in a stable condition at the hospital but is still unable to swallow and struggling to talk.

Liam’s mother Liz Corr, 39, “He is lucky he didn’t break his neck. He told me afterwards that he knew he was going to choke to death on his own blood if he didn’t get off his back and let it out.

“If it wasn’t for the courage of the boys it could have been a lot worse.

“They both did great coping with the situation and I want to say a huge thank you to Luke who managed to call 999. I am very proud of them both.

“I want to say a huge thank you to the people who stopped. I really do owe my son’s life to them, the ambulance service and the air ambulance. It is because of their expertise that he is still alive.

“Also the staff at Queens Medical Centre have been absolutely fantastic. He couldn’t be in a better place.”

Liz also wanted to thank her family and friends who have rallied round to support her in this tough time, caring for her other children while she visited Liam in the hospital.

Liam was a keen cyclist, always on his bike doing stunts. He was saving up for a top-of-the-range £2,000 bike which he wanted for his 18th birthday but since the accident he said he never wants to ride again.

Luke, who was coming in and out of consciousness after the crash, was taken to Peterborough City Hospital by ambulance on a spinal board but has since returned home.

Luke’s mother Debbie Copley, 43, said: “We would like to meet the people who helped them out to be able to say a big thank you to them, the ambulance services and everyone involved.”

If you were Good Samaritans who came to the boys aid, e-mail the Mercury smeditor@stamfordmercury.co.uk to be put in touch.