Man injured in Dalbeattie Forest mountain bike crash

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A cyclist from Wales has been airlifted to hospital after suffering serious injuries in a mountain bike crash in Scotland.

The 40-year-old man was in a group of three riders in the Dalbeattie Forest, near Dumfries, when he came off his bike near the end of a trail.

He was airlifted to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary with head, back and possible spinal injuries.

It is not known at present where in Wales the man is from.

The three men were riding the Dalbeattie Forest mountain bike trail, one of the 7stanes centres in south Scotland.

The injured man's two friends managed to call the emergency services using their mobile phones, but because of the remoteness of the area the ambulance was unable to get to the scene.

Paramedics had to walk to the victim, and he was given pain killing injections as they waited for the Sea King rescue helicopter.

A Dumfries and Galloway Police spokesman said: "The man fell off his mountain bike and suffered head and back injuries.

"Because the ambulance was unable to get to the scene it was decided to call in the rescue helicopter."

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