A FOREST man lost his life at the weekend in what was one of two serious collisions that happened within 48 hours of each other.

On Saturday (July 13), a male motorcyclist from Lydney, died in a collision in Woolaston.

The 45-year-old was riding an orange Honda CBR motorbike on the A48 towards Lydney at about 7pm when the vehicle left the road and collided with a parked silver Vauxhall Combi van close to the Woolaston Inn.

An air ambulance arrived but he was pronounced dead at the scene. It is not known what caused the crash but his next of kin and the coroner have been informed.

While on Monday morning (July 15) a child was airlifted to hospital following a three-vehicle collision in Longhope.

The crash happened outside Harts Barn Craft Centre between Longhope and Mitcheldean at just before 10am, where it is alleged a lorry collided into the back of a Ford Focus which collided with a Mazda.

An 11-year-old boy in the Ford Focus was cut out by the fire service and he was then taken by helicopter to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol, with potentially life-threatening injuries, but following checks it was confirmed he had sustained minor injuries.

Two other children, a 12-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl, also suffered minor injuries while a woman suffered minor head injuries.

The road was closed while an investigation took place.
Anybody with any information about either collision can call 101, quoting incident 408 of July 13 and incident 121 of July 15.