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Car lifted off trapped cyclist in Leeds

Passers-by joined emergency services to lift vehicle off Dan Gray after collision in city centre this morning

Members of the public joined emergency services personnel to help lift a car off a cyclist who had become trapped underneath it following a collision in Leeds this morning.

The Yorkshire Evening Post reports that cyclist Dan Gray, aged 30, was turning right from Whitehall Road onto Globe Road when the collision involving a car exiting the junction happened.

His leg was trapped underneath the vehicle for approximately 10 minutes before police officers and paramedics, helped by half-a-dozen passers-by, managed to lift the car off him.

Mr Gray, who works as a fraud investigator, told the newspaper: "I was very lucky really. It was good to see so many people help me before the police got there.

“I was waiting at the junction and the driver attempted to come out and didn't see me. The car went straight into me and I went underneath the front on the driver's side.

“The car stopped with the rear tyre on my leg. Six people lifted the car and freed my leg."

Officers from West Yorkshire Police are continuing to investigate the collision, with no arrests made to date.

We’ve reported in the past on about similar cases where passers-by have come to the aid of cyclists trapped beneath vehicles.

In 2013, around 10 people including drivers from a nearby minicab firm lifted a car off a female cyclist in London’s Spitalfields.

And in 2015, paramedics in Oxford praised members of the public who lifted a car off a woman who had become trapped underneath it following a collision on the city’s New Inn Hall Street.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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vonhelmet | 5 years ago

If the wheel was on his leg it might have been tricky to get a jack to the... point where you put the jack, I forget what it’s called.

BehindTheBikesheds | 5 years ago
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nobody heard of a car jack, at the very least to ease the pressure off the persons body.

As above, yet another shitty road design but the main culprit is a criminal not giving two fucks too actually bother looking.

Dangerous driving plain and simple but will be brushed under the carpet as per usual.

Cupov | 5 years ago

Shitty piece of road design here, cars always nosing out on to Whitehall excuse for failing to see someone just feet away though.

jaysa replied to Cupov | 5 years ago

Cupov wrote:

no excuse for failing to see someone just feet away though.

Drivers look both sides, then go. If they don't look straight ahead, they may not see you.

I was once in a car, waiting to turn right from a main road and was watching the driver in the side road looking both sides before turning right onto the main road. As he started to move out without having looked at me, I leant on the horn and he stopped half way across the road before running into me!

So glad this cyclist's leg wasn't crushed ...

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