Hero finds seriously injured biker in ditch

Bolton Mountain Rescue Team assisting the biker. Picture: Bolton Mountain Rescue
Bolton Mountain Rescue Team assisting the biker. Picture: Bolton Mountain Rescue
  • A BT engineer called out to fix a telephone line discovered the injured biker lying in a ditch
  • Aaron heard groans and someone say “help” from banking behind a wall
  • A Leyland schoolteacher who is also a member of Bolton Mountain Rescue Team also came to the rescue

A heroic engineer and a teacher helped to save a biker’s life after spotting him lying seriously injured following a crash.

BT line engineer Aaron Patterson was called out to fix an overhead telephone line fault on the A675

He was in and out of consciousness so I tried to keep him awake. He said he had two kids and I think he said one was only 7-9 months old so being a parent myself I just did all I could to keep him safe for the kids.

Aaron Patterson

Belmont Road, south of Abbey Village. Aaron heard groans and someone say “help” from banking behind a wall at the side of the road and went to investigate.

He found the seriously injured 31-year-old Kawazaki ZX636 driver in a field and rang an ambulance. It is thought the biker had collided with a pole.

The 29-year-old from Bolton said: “I don’t know how he was alive. My main concern was to make sure he was all right. I went to my van to get some coats to make sure he was warm as it was a really cold and foggy morning.

“He was in and out of consciousness so I tried to keep him awake. He said he had two kids and I think he said one was only 7-9 months old so being a parent myself I just did all I could to keep him safe for the kids.”

Schoolteacher Diane Blakely also came to the rescue. She said: “The man was so lucky that the BT telephone engineer had heard him.”

Diane, who is assistant headteacher at Leyland’s Wellfield High School, was on a Duke of Edinburgh expedition waiting for Year 11 pupils from the school at a checkpoint on the moors above Chorley when she saw the emergency unfold.

The teacher, who is a member of Bolton Mountain Rescue Team, rushed over to offer her help.

One of the ambulance crew asked if she could get further assistance from team members to carry him to the ambulance, so Diane made a call for the team to come out and assist.

Although an air ambulance was also called, Diane and the other members of Bolton Mountain Rescue Team were able to take the man into the land ambulance on a stretcher.

The motorcyclist from Walton-le-Dale, who has just been named as David Stephenson, is still receiving treatment at Royal Preston Hospital after he sustained broken Ribs, a broken left arm, a broken clavicle and shoulder blade on the left side and a hairline fracture to his left kneecap.

And Aaron says it was a great team effort and hopes the biker makes a full recovery.

He said: “Everyone worked together as a team. I tried to help out the best I could.

“I’ve never experienced anything like it, it wasn’t a normal day at work, you only see stuff like that on the TV. I hope he makes a full recovery.”

Lancashire police have issued an appeal for witnesses and they urged the driver of a people carrier, possibly a blue Citroen Picasso, that may have stopped at the scene and helped move the telegraph pole to get in contact.

PS John Jennings-Wharton, of the Road Policing Unit, said: “This happened in quite a rural location but I am asking people who may have seen something to get in touch.

“The man’s motorbike was a black Kawazaki ZX636 so if anyone saw this vehicle being ridden in area around the time of the collision, or indeed anyone saw the pole in the road or moved it, please give us a call.

“Our enquiries into this collision are still ongoing and we are keen to trace the car.”

Anyone with information on the accident, which happened at 9.30am on October 2, can contact police on 101.