Ice causes cyclist to crash

A cyclist had to be airlifted to hospital with serious head injuries after his bike slipped on an icy road in Ulverston.

The man, who was in his 50s, was treated on the road side by emergency services and then airlifted to the Royal Preston Hospital where his condition is unknown at this stage.

The police are warning all road users to use caution and consider the road surface particularly during the next few months when cold snaps are common place and black ice is an issue.

A police spokesman said: “Police are advising that some of the county’s roads are icy especially the back roads. Police ask that motorists take care and that the back roads are best avoided. If motorists must use these roads, please drive with extreme care.”

Ice is a serious hazard for cyclists and Beryl Miles, spokesperson for the West of England Road Safety Partnership said: “When it’s going to be icy, we would urge cyclists to listen to weather forecasts and avoid cycling in frozen conditions.”