FENLAND: Air cadet leader speaks of efforts to help motorcyclist in critical condition after crash

PUBLISHED: 18:02 08 July 2009 | UPDATED: 09:08 02 June 2010

Brian Goodall helped at road crash

Brian Goodall helped at road crash

Story by: ADAM LAZZARI AN air cadet leader who was first on the scene of a head-on road traffic collision that has left a motorcyclist fighting for his life has spoken of his efforts helping the emergency services. The 28-year-old motorcyclist from Wisbec

Story by: ADAM LAZZARI

AN air cadet leader who was first on the scene of a head-on road traffic collision that has left a motorcyclist fighting for his life has spoken of his efforts helping the emergency services.

The 28-year-old motorcyclist from Wisbech remained in critical condition at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge when the Cambs Times and Wisbech Standard went to press yesterday.

He was driving a black Yamaha XJ6 motorcycle which crashed into a black Audi A4 at Gosmoor Lane, Elm at 5.15pm on Saturday.

Brian Goodall, a senior sergeant with March Air Cadets, was returning from a weapons training day at RAF Marham, near King's Lynn to his home at Ladies Drove, Emneth. It was his 50th birthday.

He said: "I arrived about 30 seconds after the crash. The motorcyclist was lying on the road and he looked in a bad way.

"A woman had called 999 and she passed the phone to me, so I followed instructions.

"A first he was not breathing. I have done some basic first aid training with the air cadets but it was difficult to take a pulse and give emergency services an assessment of the man's condition because he had a helmet on.

"He suddenly he started breathing loudly, like he was snoring.

"Emergency services told me it was essential to turn him over. I did this and he started breathing a little easier."

Doctor Lorraine Greasley and paramedic Simon Standen, from Magpas, arrived shortly after, and they anaesthetised the patient at the scene and intubated and ventilated him.

They also stabilised his fractures and provided fluid resuscitation before he was taken to hospital in an air ambulance.

Mr Goodall said: "I took the helmet off and followed further instructions as the paramedic treated him and I waved in the air ambulance.

"I was at the scene for about an hour and when I returned home I discovered a surprise birthday party had been organised for me.

"It was good to see old friends, some of which I had not seen for 15 years, but I was pretty shaken up and I wanted to be on my own.

"It was a very strange birthday and one I will never forget. I'm now trying to find out about the man's condition. I hope he pulls through."

A spokesman for Magpas emergency medical team said the man suffered "very serious" head and chest injuries and multiple broken bones.

The female driver of the Audi suffered minor injuries.

Police Constable Francis Crawford said: "I would like to speak to anyone who was driving along Gosmoor Lane just before or during the collision who could help explain what happened."

Anyone with information should contact PC Crawford on 0345 456 4564 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Brian Goodall, a senior sergeant with March Air Cadets, who performed emergency first aid after a road traffic collision on Saturday. 5993BP79


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