A motorcyclist is in a ”critical” condition after striking his head on a wall in a high-speed horror smash.
Witnesses told how the 25-year-old man- who may not have been wearing a helmet - came “screeching” down Calder Road in Lower Hopton, lost control on a bend and was thrown 20 yards down the road.
Three teenage girls watched as the black Honda MTX bike skidded outside a beauty parlour and hairdresser’s at about 8pm last night. The rider struck the wall and was catapulted towards a viaduct.
The Yorkshire Air Ambulance landed at the nearby Ledgard Bridge Mills but was not needed.
The victim was taken to Leeds General Infirmary by road ambulance with head and chest injuries and remains in a critical but stable condition.
First on the scene were firefighters from Dewsbury Fire Station who, by chance, were carrying out a home safety check in nearby South Street.
Fire crews heard screaming and rushed to help, administering first aid, before police and paramedics arrived.
One witness described how the motorcyclist, who she said was not wearing a helmet, came “screeching” down Calder Road in the direction of Calder View and came off his bike.
She said: “We heard him skidding along the road and he just flew off his motorbike. Everybody heard the bang.”
Another witness, Paul Blakeley, 24, who lives overlooking the scene at Ledgard Bridge Mills, said: “I was speaking to my neighbour on the balcony when we heard this bike tearing down the road.
“We knew he wasn’t going to get round the bend either to the right or the left. He lost control and we heard the bang.”
Another woman, who asked not to be named, was also one of the first on the scene.
“The bike came flying down the road and I just knew he wasn’t going to get round the corner,” she said.
“There were three young girls who saw what happened and they were shocked. I went down and when I turned round the fire brigade were there. Thank god they were.
“I took some towels and loo rolls down. I didn’t stay because the right people were on the scene.
“The lad struck his head on the wall near the beauty parlour and was flung 20 yards down the road towards the viaduct. There was blood everywhere.”
Crew commander Andy Wood, of Dewsbury Fire Station, said it was coincidence they happened to be there.
“We didn’t see what happened as we were facing the other way,” he said. “We were doing a home safety visit in South Street and we heard some screams.
“We administered first aid and called police and paramedics.”
The road was closed while police investigations began, which are still on going.