Roof fall man may have broken back

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A MAN was flown to hospital with a suspected broken back after plunging more than 20ft from a roof on Wearside.

The 57-year-old man was flown to the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) in Newcastle after falling between 20 and 30 feet from a rooftop in New Herrington shortly before 5pm yesterday.

Two paramedic crews – a rapid response team and a vehicle from a Sunderland ambulance station – attended the scene of the accident.

But after examining the victim, it was decided his injuries were potentially so serious, it was necessary to transfer him to the RVI by air.

A North East Ambulance Service Trust spokesman said today the man had suffered suspected lumbar and pelvic fractures, as well as a broken arm and wrist.

The Great North Air Ambulance chopper Guardian of the North had to be diverted from another call after paramedics decided the man needed to be transferred to Tyneside.

The victim was taken to the RVI – which has its own roof top helipad – in eight minutes, where his condition was described as “stable”.

The charitable Great North Air Ambulance Service operates helicopters across an area of 8,000 square miles, from the Scottish Borders to North Yorkshire.