I was ready to congratulate myself, I had done a 18% hill on my MTB and was on for a 20 mile commute, on a MTB, with off-road tyres, The elevation of the Col De Tameside can be seen below (Video uploading at the moment to youtube too)
I got to Rusholme, Manchester and was around 2/3 miles to work, I was heading though a green light, there was a white van on the other side of the road, he was turning right, across my lane and into a side street on my left, See the picture below for an idea.
I was over the junction when he pulled out, I screamed and I do mean SCREAMED, unclipped, hit the brakes but it was all in vain, he hit me with the front corner of his van, I was still screaming while he hit me, I somersaulted around 5 times, I hit the ground the back of my head first, then my back, I was in agony, I screamed “you stupid ***** **** **** *** ****** ******* ****” then it all went dark.
The next thing I’m surrounded by paramedics, on oxygen, in a neck brace and strapped to a spinal board, the pain isn’t something I could ever put into words, As I am loaded into the ambulance I head the driver say “He must have hit the back of my van after I cleared the junction, I didn’t hear him hit, just screaming, so I stopped” at this point I had to be held down to the board, although I was strapped down and I was fighting to get up, there was no way I was going to allow him to get away with it, lucky there were a couple of witness that corroborated my account of the collision.
I had been knocked from Wilmslow road to half way down a bloody side street for god sake !
The police came to see me in hospital and confirmed that the driver has been charged with “Driving Without Due Care & Attention” That was a weight off my mind for sure, It was down to the witnesses, the police said the driver said “I was lost” I was calm by the point and told the officer that I screamed at the driver and at no point did he look at the road he was crossing (Wimslow Road, so not a minor road) accidents happen, but he could have killed me, if I hadn’t unclipped and got my leg ready to push me back then due to the angle of the bonnet that hit me I WOULD have ended up under his wheels.
Im ok, mentally I am struggling with what happened and physically im beat up BUT nothing is broken and it could have been so much worse than it was, it’s a good job that one of the 2 road users were paying attention to what was going on, shame it wasnt the driver of the 4tonne killing machine !
To make it worse, I was on my 2 day old Cube and it looks like a right off:
Lessons Learnt from Today:
Spinal Boards HURT !
Neck Braces stop you breathing
I NEED to wear my helmet from now on
Being in a ambulance with the lights and sirens on is way too cool :D
This will be harder to get over mentally than physically
Finally I just wanted to thank the passers-by, the witnesses , the paramedics, the doctors and the police,all of whom were bloody amazing and without you all only god knows where I would be now !
As for the van driver ? Well mate if you read this I don’t think my kids are too happy with you !!!!!!!!
**************EDIT: Got up this morning (21st July) and passed out in the kitchen :0(*******************