A MOTORCYCLIST suffered serious injuries following a crash which saw him thrown 20 metres from his bike.

A man in his 30s was airlifted to hospital with suspected broken bones and possible spinal injuries after a crash on the C5009 road between Wreaks Causeway (A595) and Broughton at around 7am yesterday morning.

Firefighters, police officers, paramedics and an air ambulance attended the crash that forced the road to be closed in both directions.

It involved a motorbike and a Jaguar.

Police said that the ‘motorbike was on fire at one point’ and the man, in his 30s from the Millom area, was airlifted to Royal Preston Hospital.

Jon Griffiths, assistant fire service manager at the scene, said the collision happened at the crest of a hill.

“The motorcyclist was then thrown 20 metres down the road and the motorbike fell to the side catching light almost instantly," he said.

“A member of the public extinguished the fire.

“Paramedics at the scene suspected that the motorcyclist had broken two legs, a broken pelvis and potentially further spinal injuries.”

Another motorist who was at the scene shortly after the crash said: “I was heading through Broughton before another motorist flagged me down advising me that the road ahead was closed.

“After this I turned round to rejoin the A595 at Foxfield and even though the A595 was not shut there was still heavier traffic in the area.

“The crash looked serious as there was a police presence and police tape at both ends of the road closure."

The police described the biker's condition as ‘nothing life threatening’ with ‘potentially broken bones’.

A fire engine from Broughton also attended the crash

Firefighters administered oxygen to the motorcyclist before the ambulance arrived.

Crews were at the scene for around one hour and five minutes.