Witness appeal after cyclist (12) in truck accident

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A Nelson boy who was airlifted to hospital on Saturday after an incident in Regent Street, is back home.

Luke Whalley (12), who lives with his father Malcolm in Lee Road, was playing out on his bike when he was involved in a collision with a truck around 5pm.

His injuries were serious but he is bouncing back. He has been very very lucky

Dad Malcolm

It is believed Luke went under the wheel of the vehicle and he was rushed to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital where he was treated for a tear on the lung, fractured collarbone, a hole in his windpipe and numerous cuts and bruises.

Police closed Regent Street while he received treatment and the North West Air Ambulance helicopter landed on Hodge House playing fields before airlifting him to hospital.

Luke, who attends the Rose School, Burnley, is now recovering well after his dad brought him home on Wednesday.

His dad said: “His injuries were serious but he is bouncing back. He has been very very lucky.”

Police are investigating and appealing for witnesses to come forward.