A LUDLOW man left two injured friends behind after hitting a set of metal railings on the A49.

The air ambulance was needed to take the pair to hospital but Daniel Weaver walked away from his vehicle even though he suffered a broken an ankle in the collision.

Hereford Magistrates Court heard last week that Weaver walked some distance from the accident spot near Leominster before being picked up by a friend.

The two passengers were taken to Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham, one suffering with brain trauma and the other needing skin grafts to arms.

Weaver, who is 28 and from Temeside, Ludlow, was given a lift to his girlfriend’s and then his mother’s home before the extent of his own injuries were realised and he too was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth hospital.

Chris Read, defending, said Weaver still has very little recollection of what happened on the night last October but believed that he had stayed with his friends for some time at the scene of the accident to try and flag down passing motorists.

Mr Read said Weaver then tried to walk back to Ludlow for help.

The court heard that all three have made a full recovery - with the exception of some limited movement in one passenger’s arm - and all four remain friends.

There was an acknowledgment, said Mr Read, that this “could have happened to any of them”.

Weaver, who admitted failing to stop, driving without insurance and driving without due care and attention, had his licence endorsed with nine points.