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Men airlifted after sledge falls

Air ambulance at scene. Photo: West Midlands Ambulance Service
Both men suffered back injuries. (West Midlands Ambulance Service photo)

Two men were airlifted to hospital after falling from sledges in separate accidents in a West Midlands park.

A man, believed to be in his 30s, suffered a back injury at Baggeridge Country Park, Sedgley, about 1530 GMT on Tuesday, the ambulance service said.

"On arrival crews found the injured man on one of the highest points of the park," a spokeswoman said.

Another man in his 30s also suffered a back injury after falling from a sledge in the park about two hours later.

When crews arrived at the second incident they found the gates to the park were locked, so police were called in for assistance.

"Due to the nature of his injuries and access issues, a police helicopter from Staffordshire was deployed to on convey the patient to hospital," the West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman added.

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