A cyclist has his helmet to thank for saving him from a serious head injury after he came off his bike on Cannock Chase.
Crews attending the scene, on the Monkey Trail mountain biking route, said the fall caused bad damage to the cyclist's safety helmet, which had a significant crack in it. Had he not been wearing it, the damage would have been to his head.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called shortly after 9am on Easter Saturday.
Two ambulance crews, the Midlands Air Ambulance and the Hazardous Area Response Team attended.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The cyclist, a man in his thirties, had fallen from his bike while going downhill.
"He had shoulder and rib injuries but avoided a head injury because we was wearing a helmet which ended up badly damaged. Had it not been for the helmet, he would have sustained a head injury.
“Crews at the scene used a technical blanket keep him warm, gave him anti-sickness drugs for nausea and administered pain relief. He was immobilised and flown to Royal Derby Hospital.”