Motorcyclist in hospital after falling off his bike

113418-316_HILSEA_RTA_SR_26/9/11'Passers-by and paramedics treat an injured motorcyclist after a collision in Northern Parade at the junction with London Road.''Picture:Steve Reid 113418-316
113418-316_HILSEA_RTA_SR_26/9/11'Passers-by and paramedics treat an injured motorcyclist after a collision in Northern Parade at the junction with London Road.''Picture:Steve Reid 113418-316
Traffic in Portsmouth at 9am this morning. Picture: Google Maps

Long delays for drivers in Portsmouth this morning

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A MOTORCYCLIST was taken to hospital after he came off his bike during rush-hour traffic in Hilsea.

The middle-aged man came off his blue Suzuki bike on Northern Parade just before 4.30pm on Monday and was lying in the middle of the busy road opposite the junction with Hilsea Crescent.

Witnesses went to the man’s aid – diverting traffic around him before paramedics arrived to treat the casualty at the scene.

The injured man, who was conscious and responding to medics following the crash, was strapped in to a neck brace and stretcher.

He was carried into the back of an ambulance at 4.40pm and taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham. The extent of his injuries was unknown.

Heavy traffic built up along Northern Road and at the London Road junction before the Portsbridge roundabout following the incident.

Three police cars were called – one of which blocked off Northern Road to traffic as the man was being treated.

The road was soon back open to traffic once the ambulance left and the man’s slightly damaged bike was recovered from the roadside.