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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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One dead and three injured in motorbike crashes

One man has died and three more needed hospital treatment after two separate motorbike accidents on Cumbria's roads over the weekend.

Michael Bates photo
Michael Bates

The fatal accident happened at 4.35pm yesterday on the A683 outside the Fat Lamb Hotel, Ravenstonedale, Kirkby Stephen.

It involved a tractor, driven by a 20-year-old local man and two motorbikes.

An air ambulance took 47-year-old motorcyclist Michael Bates, from Kelso, to the James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough but he later died from his injuries.

The second rider, a 45-year-old man from Berwick-upon-Tweed, was treated at the scene for minor injuries and then taken to The Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

The tractor driver did not need hospital treatment.

The road was closed for several hours as emergency crews worked at the scene.

Mr Bates leaves his wife Jacqueline, sons Tom and Mick and daughters Jo and Sophie.

The earlier unrelated accident happened at 12.50pm on the A686 between Gamblesby and Melmberby.

Cumbria police confirmed that three motorcycles were involved, with two riders needing hospital treatment.

A spokesman for the Great North Air Ambulance said a man aged 38 from Liverpool suffered head and severe spinal injuries but he was rendered stable at the scene.

He was airlifted in the Guardian of the North to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

The second rider, a 67-year-old man from North Shields, was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary. The medics at the scene were an air ambulance doctor and a paramedic, and two Basics doctors.

Police have appealed for witnesses to either accident get in touch.

They particularly want to hear from the driver of a car that was travelling towards Melmerby at the time of the earlier accident. Anybody who can help should contact the force's Northern Roads Policing Unit on 101.

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