Published: 00:01, 08 September 2018
A motorcyclist has appealed for witnesses after a horror crash on the M2 put him in hospital for five days.
Jordan Hardley, 28, was returning home to Sheppey after visiting his sick grandmother in Wilmington, near Dartford, when his brand new Yamaha bike was in collision with a Ford Kuga.
The dad-of-one was hurled onto the road by the impact and had to be airlifted to King’s College Hospital, London, with a suspected broken pelvis at about 6pm on Tuesday, August 21.
Traffic on both carriageways near the Farthing Corner services, which had already been moving slowly, ground to a halt as rescue services raced to treat him.
Mr Hardley, a quantity surveyor from Hustlings Drive, Eastchurch, said: “I collided with the car and was thrown into the air.
"I landed on the ground behind the car with my bike behind me. Luckily I had been wearing protective gear.
“When I opened my eyes I just thought I’d been winded.
"Then I looked down and saw my left wrist and arm hanging off and realised I couldn’t move my legs.”
He was on the road for an hour as paramedics cut away his clothes leaving him virtually naked, before putting him on a stretcher and into the Kent Air Ambulance.
“They initially thought I had broken my pelvis,” he said.
At King’s, he was given a CT scan and intravenous fluids.
Surgeons operated on his broken arm, stitched his tendons back and re-routed the main nerves in his arm.
Luckily, his pelvis was OK. So far, just one witness, a fellow motorcyclist, has come forward to help him solve what went wrong.
Mr Hardley, now recovering at home, said: “I would appreciate anyone else who saw the crash to contact me.”
He only bought the £10,000 bike in June after passing his test but has been riding scooters here and abroad since he was 14.
He admitted: “Like most motorcyclists, my first thought was for my bike. I think it might be a write-off.”