Biker seriously injured as crash closes A5 between Shrewsbury and Oswestry
A motorcyclist has been seriously injured in a crash which has closed the A5 in Shropshire this afternoon.
The biker was airlifted to hospital after the crash happened on the Nesscliffe bypass between Shrewsbury and Oswestry.
Emergency services were called to the scene at around 12.30pm after the crash happened on the eastbound carriageway.
An off-duty ambulance officer was giving first aid to the rider when paramedics arrived.
An Air Ambulance from Cosford landed on the bypass and the man was airlifted to the Royal Stoke University Hospital.
Two land ambulances and a paramedic officer were also sent to the scene.
The Highways Agency said that the trunk road had been closed in both directions between the A438, the Felton Butler roundabout, and B5069, Wolfshead Roundabout.
Traffic is being diverted through the village of Nesscliffe with queues building up in both directions.
"Please consider alternative routes and allow additional time for your journey," an agency spokesman said.
Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service said the crash involved the one motorcyclist and said its crews helped paramedics with the casualty and made the machine safe.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “An off-duty technician from another service was on scene rendering aid to a motorcyclist, a man, who crews were told had come off his bike.
“Crews commenced assessment and found the man had sustained potentially serious injuries and was given trauma care on scene.
"Due to the man’s condition he was airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further emergency care.”
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