Air ambulance makes rare landing in Trafalgar Square after OAP hit by motorcycle

AN AIR ambulance made a rare landing in Trafalgar Square after an elderly pedestrian was hit by a motorcycle.

The pensioner, 81, suffered a serious head injury and has been rushed to hospital.



Emergency services rushed to the scene at the Piccadilly Circus end of Shaftesbury Avenue in London's centre today.

Police responded to reports of a man colliding with a motorbike just before midday.

The Met Police said: "Shaftesbury Avenue and Piccadilly Circus are currently closed as police and London Ambulance Service attend a collision involving a pedestrian and a motorbike.

"Police were called at about 11:20 on Sunday, 24 April, to Shaftesbury Avenue.

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"The 81-year-old pedestrian was taken to hospital and we await an update on his condition.

"Motorists are advised to take alternative routes where possible.

"The motorbike stopped at the scene.

"There have been no arrests and enquiries are ongoing."

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Roads around the landmark have been closed off.

An air ambulance called to the scene was forced to make a rare landing in Trafalgar Square.

A witness who saw the emergency unfold posted on Twitter: "In all my years of fundraising for London Air Ambulance and working in the West End, this is the first time I've been passing Trafalgar Square as our lifesaving team lands.

"I felt proud and told the people around me what was happening and how it's funded by charity."

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Another witness said onlookers cheered as the air ambulance took off.

They said on Twitter: "The piloting skill to pull off a take off/landing in such a confined space is nothing short of incredible."

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