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Car surfing stunt ends in serious head injury

A teenager was almost killed when a crazy 'car surfing' stunt went wrong, sending him crashing to the ground and resulting in serious head injuries.

The 15-year-old, who has not been named, was said to have jumped onto the bonnet of a friend's car and attempted to stand upright as it was being driven up a hill near Carlisle. The driver braked suddenly, however, and the teen was thrown into the air, smashing his head and grazing his back on contact with the ground.

Paramedics attended the scene and rushed the youngster to Cumberland Infirmary where doctors treated his personal injuries. At one point his head injuries were thought to be so severe that he was going to be moved to Newcastle for specialist treatment, but initial fears proved unfounded and he is now said to be in a comfortable condition.

The car accident was reported to the police and officers are now planning to speak to the driver and the injured teenager. The police have revealed that they are not aware of car surfing becoming a craze, but have warned they will prosecute anyone caught taking part.

PC Tony Milroy told the media, "We will crack down on anybody found doing this in future. It is obviously a stupid thing to do.

"It could have been a lot worse. He could've been killed."



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