Bike test site closed after crash

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A motorcycle test site was closed for a week after a learner crashed through a fence during a practice session, suffering serious injuries

The victim, thought to have been a young woman, is said to have been practicing manoeuvres for the so-called Module One test, in which hundreds of learners have crashed since it was introduced a year ago.   

It is understood an investigation was carried out by the Health and Safety Executive during the closure of the area used for Module One tests at a multipurpose test centre (MPTC) in Nottingham.

Asked for details, the Driving Standards Agency first responded without mentioning the crash. A written statement said only that the test area had been “closed so a damaged perimeter fence panel can be replaced”.

Pressed for more details, the agency said in a further statement: “On Saturday 24 April, an incident occurred during a training session at the DSA’s MPTC at Colwick near Nottingham.

"Our sympathies are with the rider involved and we wish her a full and speedy recovery.  Until the full circumstances are known we can’t make any further comment.”

A spokesman said later: "It was closed from the afternoon of Tuesday 27 April and re-opened on Wednesday 5 May."

He added: “I can’t give any further information.”

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Steve Farrell

By Steve Farrell