Channel 4 24 Hours in A&E: Motorcyclist crashes on track at speeds of 120mph

Motorcyclist left with serious injuries
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The latest episode of 24 Hours in A&E focussed on a 53-year-old man who crashed his motorbike at 120mph during a track day with his friends in Lincolnshire. The third episode of the latest series aired at 9pm on Monday, July 8, and put viewers on the edge of their seats right from the start.

Viewers heard how motorcyclist Scott had been driving at speeds of up to 120mph when he veered off the track on a corner. His friend, Joe, who has been riding on a bike not far behind him described the scene as "an explosion".

Doctors were seen preparing for his arrival and trying to anticipate the severity of his injuries. George, a major trauma doctor at the hospital, said: "The most severely injured patients I have seen from motorcyclists have not survived their injuries."

Scott was left with multiple injuries from the accident and was flown 70 miles from the track in Lincolnshire to Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham thanks to an air ambulance. He could be heard telling doctors that he had pain in his chest, back and legs and was taken for a scan.

His friend Joe explained that he and Scott bonded over motorbikes. He said: "He was buying a bike to fill a void that stopping car racing had left.

"He was racing single-seaters at a national level and he was good, he was really good. But it got to the point that he had had a couple of really big crashes and some really scary stuff, and he decided he needed a nice safe pastime that would still get his adrenaline going."

It was found that Scott fractured his leg, and it was stabilised in a cast before he went for surgery. After eight weeks and three operations, Scott was back at home with his wife Helen.

He hopes to continue riding his motorbike but has retired from the track. Scott said: "I've never been through anything like it in my life."

He explained his wife has helped him with his recovery, and he is thankful to be alive. Saying: "I can't do a lot, but I can walk.

"I have promised my family I'm not going back on the track. I made that decision not to do it anymore, and it's for them really, but I'm not going to stop riding. I love it too much, if I did stop riding my bikes it would make me miserable.

"I think you still have to live your life and enjoy yourself." The episode also featured Lizzie, a 21-year-old student who injured her ankle playing hockey.

Doctors found that she had broken her ankle, which resulted in her having nine screws and a metal plate fitted. Viewers were also introduced to Peter, who was working on a caravan when it fell off the jack and landed on him.

The 74-year-old had broken his collar bone during the incident, but viewers were relieved to know he was later sent home and has since been back working on the site.