A motorist was airlifted to hospital after being badly hurt in an early morning crash. Police, paramedics and firefighters were called to Abbey Lane at about 6.10am today after a serious accident involving one van. The occupant of the van had to be cut free and was taken to hospital by helicopter. Doctors later said the patient's injuries were not life-threatening. The road remained closed between Blackbird Road and Beaumont Leys Lane for at least five hours after the crash.