Cyclist's injuries 'not life-threatening' after collision on Exmoor

Somerset County Gazette: Cyclist in critical condition after collision Cyclist in critical condition after collision

A CYCLIST has undergone surgery in hospital after a serious road traffic collision during a cycling event on Exmoor yesterday (April 22).

The collision with a silver car happened on Dunkery Hill during the Exmoor Beauty ride and the cyclist, 61, was trapped under the vehicle for some time before marshals and staff freed him.

He was taken to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol by helicopter and his injuries are no longer considered to be life-threatening.

The driver of the silver car is assisting the police with their enquiries as a witness.

Any other witnesses to the collision should call the police on 101.

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9:37am Mon 23 Apr 12

Clink29 says...

Thoughts are with the rider.

(It wasn't a race though)
Thoughts are with the rider. (It wasn't a race though) Clink29

10:20am Mon 23 Apr 12

NITR8s says...

Although didnt witness the accident, I witnessed the rescue and the car was totaled and even had the front bumper ripped off, it was clearly in no condition to be driven anywhere. I can only assume that it was towed away.

Thoughts are with the rider, family and friends.
Although didnt witness the accident, I witnessed the rescue and the car was totaled and even had the front bumper ripped off, it was clearly in no condition to be driven anywhere. I can only assume that it was towed away. Thoughts are with the rider, family and friends. NITR8s

12:18pm Mon 23 Apr 12

ewespoons says...

Bizarre. A cyclist is trapped under a car for some time then gets airlifted to hospital, now the police are appealing for the driver to contact them as they may have important information as a witness. Did no one think of getting the car driver's details at the time??
Bizarre. A cyclist is trapped under a car for some time then gets airlifted to hospital, now the police are appealing for the driver to contact them as they may have important information as a witness. Did no one think of getting the car driver's details at the time?? ewespoons

12:42pm Mon 23 Apr 12

Christophenes says...

As a participant in this event I can confirm it was in no way a race! My thoughts are with him and his family.
As a participant in this event I can confirm it was in no way a race! My thoughts are with him and his family. Christophenes

1:10pm Mon 23 Apr 12

BaldyLocks says...

I too participated in this event and it was clearly stipulated by the organisers that it was not a race.
Poor planning though - the route was in some parts extremely dangerous.
exmoorbeauty dot org
I too participated in this event and it was clearly stipulated by the organisers that it was not a race. Poor planning though - the route was in some parts extremely dangerous. exmoorbeauty dot org BaldyLocks

1:35pm Mon 23 Apr 12

Postman-Pat says...

ewespoons wrote:
Bizarre. A cyclist is trapped under a car for some time then gets airlifted to hospital, now the police are appealing for the driver to contact them as they may have important information as a witness. Did no one think of getting the car driver's details at the time??
The emergency services weren't alerted of this accident so did not attend. He was taken to hospital by a private helicopter, therefore the drivers details were not taken. Regardless of fault I would hope that the driver would make contact with the police. I am surprised that no-one called for an ambulance, particularly the driver!
[quote][p][bold]ewespoons[/bold] wrote: Bizarre. A cyclist is trapped under a car for some time then gets airlifted to hospital, now the police are appealing for the driver to contact them as they may have important information as a witness. Did no one think of getting the car driver's details at the time??[/p][/quote]The emergency services weren't alerted of this accident so did not attend. He was taken to hospital by a private helicopter, therefore the drivers details were not taken. Regardless of fault I would hope that the driver would make contact with the police. I am surprised that no-one called for an ambulance, particularly the driver! Postman-Pat

2:17pm Mon 23 Apr 12

ewespoons says...

Postman-Pat wrote:
ewespoons wrote:
Bizarre. A cyclist is trapped under a car for some time then gets airlifted to hospital, now the police are appealing for the driver to contact them as they may have important information as a witness. Did no one think of getting the car driver's details at the time??
The emergency services weren't alerted of this accident so did not attend. He was taken to hospital by a private helicopter, therefore the drivers details were not taken. Regardless of fault I would hope that the driver would make contact with the police. I am surprised that no-one called for an ambulance, particularly the driver!
Even more bizarre... sounds like the rider was extremely lucky that a helicopter was in the area and it was able to respond and take him to hospital. I wonder what happened to the car that was 'totalled and towed away' - I presume the police are on to this one in an effort to trace the owner. Anyone throw any more light on this whole story - I'm intrigued!
[quote][p][bold]Postman-Pat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ewespoons[/bold] wrote: Bizarre. A cyclist is trapped under a car for some time then gets airlifted to hospital, now the police are appealing for the driver to contact them as they may have important information as a witness. Did no one think of getting the car driver's details at the time??[/p][/quote]The emergency services weren't alerted of this accident so did not attend. He was taken to hospital by a private helicopter, therefore the drivers details were not taken. Regardless of fault I would hope that the driver would make contact with the police. I am surprised that no-one called for an ambulance, particularly the driver![/p][/quote]Even more bizarre... sounds like the rider was extremely lucky that a helicopter was in the area and it was able to respond and take him to hospital. I wonder what happened to the car that was 'totalled and towed away' - I presume the police are on to this one in an effort to trace the owner. Anyone throw any more light on this whole story - I'm intrigued! ewespoons

11:29pm Mon 23 Apr 12

Alison Joan White says...

I saw the cyclist trapped under the car. There was an ambulance but only saw one ambulance man. He'd put breathing aparatus onto cyclist who was screaming and trapped. He was trapped and the front spoiler was intact so someone must have ripped that off in bid to free him. ambulance man was searching cars for jacks to lift car off him. a group of cyclists were firemen and started to help. an awful man in a volvo was screaming and shouting at cyclists saying something about us being dangerous. He was overweight. I think we were all in shock. I started crying which was no use whatsoever. the fireman said they were going to lift car off him. Christ knows what time helicopter came, I never heard one. I've been wondering how he is. I hope he makes full recovery and gets back on his bike. It was an incredibly hard bike ride and hope I'm still there at 61. Its the car drivers who just dont slow down go around bends, and the roads were wet and slippery. We weren't racing we were just trying to complete the route.
I saw the cyclist trapped under the car. There was an ambulance but only saw one ambulance man. He'd put breathing aparatus onto cyclist who was screaming and trapped. He was trapped and the front spoiler was intact so someone must have ripped that off in bid to free him. ambulance man was searching cars for jacks to lift car off him. a group of cyclists were firemen and started to help. an awful man in a volvo was screaming and shouting at cyclists saying something about us being dangerous. He was overweight. I think we were all in shock. I started crying which was no use whatsoever. the fireman said they were going to lift car off him. Christ knows what time helicopter came, I never heard one. I've been wondering how he is. I hope he makes full recovery and gets back on his bike. It was an incredibly hard bike ride and hope I'm still there at 61. Its the car drivers who just dont slow down go around bends, and the roads were wet and slippery. We weren't racing we were just trying to complete the route. Alison Joan White

9:05am Tue 24 Apr 12

marieofexmoor says...

We were heading for Taunton on sunday morning, so the cyclists were coming towards us. Some drivers have no idea on how to overtake a cyclist on a country road. We had a near miss as someone decided to overtake on the crest of a hill, approaching a bend, towing a horse trailer behind their 4by4. Some of these drivers have no idea how to overtake safely (and i am not moaning about 4by4 drivers as i have one myself due to the winters, and it is currently in 2 wheel drive for the summer!)
I am surprised there was only one accident althought there must have been hundreds of near misses
We were heading for Taunton on sunday morning, so the cyclists were coming towards us. Some drivers have no idea on how to overtake a cyclist on a country road. We had a near miss as someone decided to overtake on the crest of a hill, approaching a bend, towing a horse trailer behind their 4by4. Some of these drivers have no idea how to overtake safely (and i am not moaning about 4by4 drivers as i have one myself due to the winters, and it is currently in 2 wheel drive for the summer!) I am surprised there was only one accident althought there must have been hundreds of near misses marieofexmoor

10:06am Tue 24 Apr 12

creecher says...

Alison Joan White wrote:
I saw the cyclist trapped under the car. There was an ambulance but only saw one ambulance man. He'd put breathing aparatus onto cyclist who was screaming and trapped. He was trapped and the front spoiler was intact so someone must have ripped that off in bid to free him. ambulance man was searching cars for jacks to lift car off him. a group of cyclists were firemen and started to help. an awful man in a volvo was screaming and shouting at cyclists saying something about us being dangerous. He was overweight. I think we were all in shock. I started crying which was no use whatsoever. the fireman said they were going to lift car off him. Christ knows what time helicopter came, I never heard one. I've been wondering how he is. I hope he makes full recovery and gets back on his bike. It was an incredibly hard bike ride and hope I'm still there at 61. Its the car drivers who just dont slow down go around bends, and the roads were wet and slippery. We weren't racing we were just trying to complete the route.
Sad to hear of this mans injuries and hope he gets well soon, but would like to say if some of the cyclists were cycling like they do around Taunton then its no surprise there was an accident.
Mind you saying that there is a fair few muppet drivers around aswell so could well have been six of one and half a dozen of the other.
[quote][p][bold]Alison Joan White[/bold] wrote: I saw the cyclist trapped under the car. There was an ambulance but only saw one ambulance man. He'd put breathing aparatus onto cyclist who was screaming and trapped. He was trapped and the front spoiler was intact so someone must have ripped that off in bid to free him. ambulance man was searching cars for jacks to lift car off him. a group of cyclists were firemen and started to help. an awful man in a volvo was screaming and shouting at cyclists saying something about us being dangerous. He was overweight. I think we were all in shock. I started crying which was no use whatsoever. the fireman said they were going to lift car off him. Christ knows what time helicopter came, I never heard one. I've been wondering how he is. I hope he makes full recovery and gets back on his bike. It was an incredibly hard bike ride and hope I'm still there at 61. Its the car drivers who just dont slow down go around bends, and the roads were wet and slippery. We weren't racing we were just trying to complete the route.[/p][/quote]Sad to hear of this mans injuries and hope he gets well soon, but would like to say if some of the cyclists were cycling like they do around Taunton then its no surprise there was an accident. Mind you saying that there is a fair few muppet drivers around aswell so could well have been six of one and half a dozen of the other. creecher

12:05pm Tue 24 Apr 12

Christophenes says...

creecher wrote:
Alison Joan White wrote: I saw the cyclist trapped under the car. There was an ambulance but only saw one ambulance man. He'd put breathing aparatus onto cyclist who was screaming and trapped. He was trapped and the front spoiler was intact so someone must have ripped that off in bid to free him. ambulance man was searching cars for jacks to lift car off him. a group of cyclists were firemen and started to help. an awful man in a volvo was screaming and shouting at cyclists saying something about us being dangerous. He was overweight. I think we were all in shock. I started crying which was no use whatsoever. the fireman said they were going to lift car off him. Christ knows what time helicopter came, I never heard one. I've been wondering how he is. I hope he makes full recovery and gets back on his bike. It was an incredibly hard bike ride and hope I'm still there at 61. Its the car drivers who just dont slow down go around bends, and the roads were wet and slippery. We weren't racing we were just trying to complete the route.
Sad to hear of this mans injuries and hope he gets well soon, but would like to say if some of the cyclists were cycling like they do around Taunton then its no surprise there was an accident. Mind you saying that there is a fair few muppet drivers around aswell so could well have been six of one and half a dozen of the other.
creecher, your comments are insensitive and ill educated! Please keep them to yourself in future.
[quote][p][bold]creecher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alison Joan White[/bold] wrote: I saw the cyclist trapped under the car. There was an ambulance but only saw one ambulance man. He'd put breathing aparatus onto cyclist who was screaming and trapped. He was trapped and the front spoiler was intact so someone must have ripped that off in bid to free him. ambulance man was searching cars for jacks to lift car off him. a group of cyclists were firemen and started to help. an awful man in a volvo was screaming and shouting at cyclists saying something about us being dangerous. He was overweight. I think we were all in shock. I started crying which was no use whatsoever. the fireman said they were going to lift car off him. Christ knows what time helicopter came, I never heard one. I've been wondering how he is. I hope he makes full recovery and gets back on his bike. It was an incredibly hard bike ride and hope I'm still there at 61. Its the car drivers who just dont slow down go around bends, and the roads were wet and slippery. We weren't racing we were just trying to complete the route.[/p][/quote]Sad to hear of this mans injuries and hope he gets well soon, but would like to say if some of the cyclists were cycling like they do around Taunton then its no surprise there was an accident. Mind you saying that there is a fair few muppet drivers around aswell so could well have been six of one and half a dozen of the other.[/p][/quote]creecher, your comments are insensitive and ill educated! Please keep them to yourself in future. Christophenes

2:29pm Tue 24 Apr 12

*Flick* says...

Very sad to read this - hope the chap makes a full and quick recovery! Sounds like it was very distressing for all involved.
Very sad to read this - hope the chap makes a full and quick recovery! Sounds like it was very distressing for all involved. *Flick*

3:06pm Tue 24 Apr 12

Postman-Pat says...

I wish the police would send out accurate information. The information I recieved was sent to cycling clubs as many will have taken part in the event and been possible witnesses. If Alisons details are correct, then I can't understand where the police got their information from? Many of these events take place on open roads, it would be nice to have some closed road events in the future. Regardless of fault this will be one of many cyclists who will be injured involving a car this year, as the race/sportive season is just getting into full swing
I wish the police would send out accurate information. The information I recieved was sent to cycling clubs as many will have taken part in the event and been possible witnesses. If Alisons details are correct, then I can't understand where the police got their information from? Many of these events take place on open roads, it would be nice to have some closed road events in the future. Regardless of fault this will be one of many cyclists who will be injured involving a car this year, as the race/sportive season is just getting into full swing Postman-Pat

7:31pm Tue 24 Apr 12

creecher says...

Christophenes wrote:
creecher wrote:
Alison Joan White wrote: I saw the cyclist trapped under the car. There was an ambulance but only saw one ambulance man. He'd put breathing aparatus onto cyclist who was screaming and trapped. He was trapped and the front spoiler was intact so someone must have ripped that off in bid to free him. ambulance man was searching cars for jacks to lift car off him. a group of cyclists were firemen and started to help. an awful man in a volvo was screaming and shouting at cyclists saying something about us being dangerous. He was overweight. I think we were all in shock. I started crying which was no use whatsoever. the fireman said they were going to lift car off him. Christ knows what time helicopter came, I never heard one. I've been wondering how he is. I hope he makes full recovery and gets back on his bike. It was an incredibly hard bike ride and hope I'm still there at 61. Its the car drivers who just dont slow down go around bends, and the roads were wet and slippery. We weren't racing we were just trying to complete the route.
Sad to hear of this mans injuries and hope he gets well soon, but would like to say if some of the cyclists were cycling like they do around Taunton then its no surprise there was an accident. Mind you saying that there is a fair few muppet drivers around aswell so could well have been six of one and half a dozen of the other.
creecher, your comments are insensitive and ill educated! Please keep them to yourself in future.
True though eh.
Bet your a cyclist.
[quote][p][bold]Christophenes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]creecher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alison Joan White[/bold] wrote: I saw the cyclist trapped under the car. There was an ambulance but only saw one ambulance man. He'd put breathing aparatus onto cyclist who was screaming and trapped. He was trapped and the front spoiler was intact so someone must have ripped that off in bid to free him. ambulance man was searching cars for jacks to lift car off him. a group of cyclists were firemen and started to help. an awful man in a volvo was screaming and shouting at cyclists saying something about us being dangerous. He was overweight. I think we were all in shock. I started crying which was no use whatsoever. the fireman said they were going to lift car off him. Christ knows what time helicopter came, I never heard one. I've been wondering how he is. I hope he makes full recovery and gets back on his bike. It was an incredibly hard bike ride and hope I'm still there at 61. Its the car drivers who just dont slow down go around bends, and the roads were wet and slippery. We weren't racing we were just trying to complete the route.[/p][/quote]Sad to hear of this mans injuries and hope he gets well soon, but would like to say if some of the cyclists were cycling like they do around Taunton then its no surprise there was an accident. Mind you saying that there is a fair few muppet drivers around aswell so could well have been six of one and half a dozen of the other.[/p][/quote]creecher, your comments are insensitive and ill educated! Please keep them to yourself in future.[/p][/quote]True though eh. Bet your a cyclist. creecher

8:11pm Thu 26 Apr 12

Dr Dave says...

"Overweight Volvo Driver" - sounds about par for the course!
"Overweight Volvo Driver" - sounds about par for the course! Dr Dave

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