A biker was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after he was hit by a pheasant while riding along a Northamptonshire road at the weekend.
The motorcyclist was left with chest injuries after the bird flapped into his path while driving along the A6116, near Lowick, on Saturday, causing him to swerve into a lay-by.
The bike then crashed into a large kerb, injuring the rider, who police have revealed is from Essex.
A police spokesman said: “A motorcyclist has been seriously injured following a collision with a pheasant on the A6116 near Lowick.
“The rider – a 54-year-old man from Leigh-on-Sea, Essex – was travelling along the A6116 from Corby towards Thrapston on Saturday afternoon.
“At around 4.05pm, in between the Lowick turns, he was struck by a pheasant and the impact caused him to swerve into a lay-by.
“The motorcycle struck a large kerb and the rider was airlifted to University Hospital Coventry with serious chest injuries.”
Meanwhile, the Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) was called out to a road traffic collision near to Little Brington, on Sunday, at 1.58pm.
A 28-year-old man was driving a van which crashed into a tree.
A DLRAA spokesman said: “The patient was already being treated by other emergency services, but due to the potential severity of the incident, the patient required immediate transfer to the nearest trauma centre.
“He was immobilised before being flown to University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire for further treatment. His condition was stable on handover to the hospital.”