Two cyclists received life-threatening injuries when they were in collision with a car near Melton yesterday (Sunday).
Two other cyclists, who were in the same group, were also injured in the incident, which took place at 12 noon near Eastwell.
Both the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) and the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance (LNAA) were scrambled to attend the scene.
Dr Leon Roberts, an EMICS (East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme) doctor who was doing a shift with the DLRAA, said: “A car was in collision with four semi-professional cyclists near Eastwell, close to the Scalford junction, just before noon.
“Two casualties were flown by air ambulance to Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC) in Nottingham and one casualty was escorted by land ambulance to hospital.
“Two of the cyclists had extremely serious injuries which were life threatening.”
Two EMICS doctors also attended the incident, along with a crew from East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) and Leicestershire Police.
Dr Roberts added: “We do occasionally get called out to road incidents involving cyclists because Melton is a very popular area for people to cycle.
“But it is very, very unusual for these incidents to involve this number of cyclists.
“The ambulance service, the doctors and the paramedics did a great job in helping to treat the casualties.”
A spokesperson for Leicestershire Police said the driver and the four cyclists are all being treated in hospital, three of the cyclists are at QMC and the other at the Leicester Royal Infirmary.
She said: “We were called at 11.52am to a road traffic accident on Waltham Road, which involved a car and four cyclists.
“One of the cyclists was in a critical but stable condition. The driver of the car is not thought to be seriously injured.”