A biker has praised the ‘fantastic’ passers-by and emergency workers who came to his aid after a collision in Bideford.

Andy Baker from Barnstaple was riding out on a couple of errands when he was in collision with a car on Manteo Way at around 8.45am.

The Perrigo worker said he had never known such pain or anything to happen so fast, as hit the road hard, crushing his groin.

The impact was so severe that later in hospital he said doctors thought they might have to operate to remove one of his testicles but thankfully they are hopeful time will heal the injury.

Originally the air ambulance attended because it was feared he had fractured his pelvis, but in the end he was taken to North Devon District Hospital by land ambulance.

Speaking of the collision, he told the Gazette: “There was quite a lot of people around, the traffic had stopped and people were talking to me almost straight away.

“There was a guy from Jewsons who blocked the road one way with his lorry. Another chap said he was a police paramedic and he was quite good – it was just amazing really, it so restores your faith in humanity.”

Andy is now back at home recovering, with morphine for the pain, and has been told to return to see doctors in two weeks.

He added: “The public, the emergency services and the NHS were just fantastic, I can’t reiterate that enough. And I can’t keep up with the messages on Facebook, people are so kind.”

He believes he was saved from further harm by the protective gear he was wearing, which included full face crash helmet, leather trousers, Kevlar jacket and boots.

He warned others: “Make sure you wear the right protective equipment when you are out on any motorcycle.

“Make sure the bike is always roadworthy and legal too.”