A MOTORCYCLIST from North Yorkshire who crashed into a tractor at 50mph and hand, broken two teeth, fractured his ribs and smashed his pelvis is to appear on a television show about the air ambulance that helped him.

Steven Caygill, from Bedale, sustained serious injuries after colliding with a tractor and is now set to appear on Helicopter ER, which follows the rescue work of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

On May 6, 2019, the experienced motorcyclist who had just saved up to purchase some new protective leathers, collided with a tractor whilst doing 50mph, just five miles into his ride.

“I was out for my first ride of the season," Mr Caygill said.

It was a nice morning on the bank holiday and I thought I would just go out for an hour to get used to the bike again after it had been put away for the winter.

“I set off out of Bedale towards Northallerton and a tractor, with a slurry tanker attached, pulled out of a crossroads in front of me. I tried to take evasive action and swerve to avoid it, but we ended up crashing into each other.”

The man was taken to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough by The Yorkshire Air Ambulance, which responded to the incident.

Tests revealed three bones in his left hand, broken two teeth, fractured his ribs and smashed his pelvis, resulting in nine days in hospital, surgery to fix the pelvis and being left temporarily in a wheelchair.

Mr Caygill, who was unable to work for six months and is still in pain, says the crash has made him think twice about his motorbike.

He added: “My wife and daughter came down to see me at the accident. My daughter said to my wife she didn’t think she would see her dad again, that will probably deter me from getting another bike."

The episode, which airs at 10pm on Channel Really on July 13 also features a child knocked down in Wakefield and a trawler incident in Bridlington.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance attends over 1,500 missions a year, an average of three incidents each day.