A WOMAN whose motorcycle collided with a wagon has thanked the air ambulance medics who flew to her aid.
Denise Payne, pictured, a design engineer in Sunderland, was travelling on the A688 near Barnard Castle on May 12 when her motorbike slid on some oil and she careered into an oncoming HGV wagon.
The 41-year-old, who has been a biker for 17 years, sustained serious injuries to her leg and was treated at the scene by the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) before being flown to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.
Mrs Payne underwent an operation to fix her dislocated ankle and spent two weeks in hospital before she returned a week later after she got an infection in her knee. Now, six weeks after the accident, she is slowly recovering. Mrs Payne who works at Haskel in Sunderland, said: “As soon as I was told the air ambulance were coming, I knew I’d get to hospital so much more quickly and I was in horrendous pain.
“We would be lost without GNAAS. I never thought I would need the service but I am so glad they were there. They are such an asset to the region and I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart.”