A MIDDLE-AGED man needed to be airlifted to hospital in Sheffield after falling off a ladder and impaling himself on a railing.
The man, aged 50, plunged six feet from the ladder on to a metal railing in Dronfield, suffering internal injuries to his abdomen and pelvis.
The air ambulance landed on the pitch at Coal Aston Cricket Club, on Shireoaks Road, Dronfield, before medics travelled to the scene of the gruesome accident.
Passers-by had already helped the man off the railing by the time air ambulance workers and paramedics reached him.
The man was given pain relief by the helicopter’s on-board doctor before being flown to the major trauma centre for urgent treatment at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield.
Dave Rodgers, aged 27, was walking his black labrador on the cricket field when he saw the helicopter’s dramatic landing.
“It was circling around, looking like it was going to land, and then landed on the pitch,” said Dave, a refrigeration engineer who lives on nearby Stonelow Road.
He said a big crowd of onlookers gathered on the normally quiet street.
“Everyone came out in front to look. It made a right racket, I’ve never seen a helicopter land so close before, it was an experience,” he added.
“Two paramedics got out and put rucksacks on, but I didn’t see where they went.”
A 73-year-old man, who lives on Shireoaks Road, said he saw an ambulance travelling back to the helicopter carrying the victim.
“The ambulance was going very steadily, but I don’t know where it came from,” said the man, who didn’t want to be named.
“The helicopter went back off towards Sheffield. There was no end of people watching, it was something to see for all the little ones coming out of school. It sounds like an awful thing to happen.”