AN air ambulance was scrambled on Monday (June 3) afternoon after a teenage cyclist was seriously injured in a collision with a Vauxhall van on a narrow village high street.

In a separate incident on Tuesday morning (June 4), an elderly motability scooter rider was trapped under his machine after a collision with a van on a town centre street.

The first incident in Clearwell happened around 3.40pm at Wainland Place near the village recreation ground.

Paramedics treated the 16-year-old cyclist and the road was temporarily closed for the emergency team from South Western Ambulance Service to treat him.

The injured teenager, who is from St Briavels, was later taken to Southmead hospital in Bristol by land ambulance with broken ribs and internal injuries. His condition was described as stable on Tuesday afternoon.

The driver of the vehicle, a man in his 50s from the Coleford area, was not injured.

Officers investigating the incident would like to hear from anyone who witnessed it or saw either vehicle before the collision occurred, and may have dashcam footage.

The second crash happened in Lydney high street outside the Pulp cafe when shoppers looked on in horror as an elderly man on a motability scooter rolled into the line of traffic and collided with a van.

A Gloucestershire Police spokesperson said: “Shortly before 11am, police were informed of a collision in Hill Street, Lydney, involving a motability scooter and a white transit van.

“The scooter appears to have fallen off the kerb into the van.

“A man who was riding the scooter suffered possible hip injuries after being trapped underneath his vehicle, and an ambulance attended.”

Anyone with information about the crash in Clearwell should call 101 and quote incident number 259 of June 3.