passing motorists perform life-saving actions as rider suffers heart attack

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Motorists helped ensure a 48-year-old motorcyclist has a fighting chance of survival after he suffered a heart attack on the A43 yesterday, Thursday.

The emergency services were called to the dual carriageway between the Abthorpe and A5 roundabouts following reports of motorcycle colliding with a barrier just after 8.30am.

A volunteer for the Community First Responder (CFR) scheme saw the incident and eyewitnesses reported seeing him perform heart compressions in the road in a bid to save the life of the biker, from Banbury.

The CFR, who East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) has said is from outside south Northants, was joined in attempts to resuscitate the rider by members of the armed forces who were also passing by. The A43 was closed in both directions for nearly an hour to allow the Warks and Northants Air Ambulance to land.

A spokesman for the WNAA said its crew was on scene within 17 minutes of getting the call at 8.34am and, together with an EMAS ambulance crew, took over from the passers-by.

He added: “Both crews were able to get the patient’s circulation going again and the patient was airlifted to University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire with further critical care medicines to support his heart. The crew landed at the hospital at 9.29am.”

At the time of going to press Northants Police said the rider was still in a serious condition.

Police have confirmed no other vehicle was involved but have issued an appeal for anyone who saw the motorcyclist on the blue Suzuki GSXR 1000 before the incident to get in touch.

Police are also appealing for witnesses following a crash last week which left an 89-year-old woman from Greens Norton in a critical condition.

She was driving a green Volkswagen Polo north along the A43 when it collided with a grey Jaguar between the A5 junction and the Tiffield turn at around 5pm on Thursday, September 19.

The force of the impact was enough to separate the engine from the car.

The Polo driver was taken to the Walsgrave Hospital and yesterday, Thursday, police reported she remains in a critical condition. The 43-year-old Jaguar driver from Northampton was taken to Northampton General Hospital but has since been sent home.

Witnesses to these incidents are asked to contact the Collision Investigation Team on 101 or call the Drivewatch Hotline on 0800 174615.

Since being launched in south Northants last year, CFRs have saved 577 lives.

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