Boy in fight for life after scooter hits tree near Abbey Hulton
A 16-YEAR-OLD boy was last night in a 'critical' condition in hospital after smashing his scooter into a tree.
The teenager, who has not been named but lives in Abbey Hulton, suffered multiple life-threatening injuries after losing control of his bike on a main road.
The crash happened at the junction of Leek Road and Cromer Road, just outside Abbey Hulton, at around 9pm on Monday.
Police closed the road for three hours as they tried to establish how the boy crashed his blue and yellow 50cc Baotian Rebel Scooter.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: "The rider had suffered multiple injuries.
"One of the doctors anaesthetised him at the scene before he was taken by ambulance to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire."
A Staffordshire Police spokesman added: "The scooter rider remains in a critical condition in the University Hospital of North Staffordshire."
Residents living near the junction have described their shock after seeing the aftermath of the accident.
Kathleen Bedford, aged 60, who lives just metres from the crash scene, said: "I heard a thud and thought it was a lorry going over the drains but that was followed by a very loud screeching noise.
"I rushed outside and saw that lots of people had stopped and because I'm not a first aider, I didn't want to add to the crowd.
"It must have been bad. The paramedics kept him outside for a very long time before they went to the hospital."
Motorist Gary Malcolm was travelling along Leek Road moments after the accident.
The 38-year-old said: "There was a lot of police about and the crash looked pretty serious.
"All I could see was the bike and that was in quite a state."
Northwood Residents' Association treasurer Alan Wrench says the area is not renowned for being an accident blackspot.
He said: "I can only think the lad had sped up, saw the upcoming lights and slammed on his brakes, losing control.
"If I'd been told this had happened in Keelings Road, I wouldn't be surprised. Drivers come bombing down there and there's nothing to stop them. There's a pelican crossing but once they see that, it's too late."
Police are now appealing for witnesses to Monday night's crash.
They should call PC Andy Hogan or Sergeant Ian Tanner on 101, quoting incident number 798 of September 3.