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Nine cyclists injured in crash during Wolverhampton race

Nine cyclists were injured when they were involved in a crash during a race.

The men were taking part in a race at the Aldersley Leisure Village in Wolverhampton on Saturday afternoon when they collided.

Two hit their heads and had suspected spinal injuries, the ambulance service said, while others suffered broken bones and cuts and bruises.

The event had on-site medical cover and the men had already begun receiving treatment before ambulances arrived.

A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: "Two of the cyclists who fell off their bikes hit their heads and had suspected spinal injuries.

"They were both immobilised with the use of spinal boards and neck collars and were taken by land ambulances to New Cross Hospital (in Wolverhampton).

"Another six had, between them, a broken elbow, a broken finger and minor cuts and bruises.

"Two of these were taken to New Cross Hospital, the other four to Walsall Manor Hospital.

"A ninth man who had minor injuries said he would make his own way to a walk-in centre for treatment."

Two rapid response vehicles, five ambulance crews and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford all attended the scene.

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