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Cyclist knocked down and pinned under car is 'lucky to be alive'
This cyclist, knocked down and pinned under a car for nearly 30 minutes, incredibly suffered just cuts and severe bruising.
Justin Futers walked away from this horror crash after being run over just feet from a railway crossing.
He was dragged beneath the car and trapped under the bonnet. He was just centimetres away from being crushed beneath the vehicle’s front wheels.
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The 47-year-old said: “My head and my face were scraping the tarmac so it was pretty close. I didn’t shut my eyes and think ‘this is it’, although it could have been.
“The weight of the engine was right on my shoulders, there was a quarter of an inch between me and the car, it was that tight.”
He hopes these shocking images of his ordeal will be a warning to all road users to take extra care.
He fears a recent spate of cyclist fatalities in London could spread to Sussex.
The incident happened just before 1pm on Saturday when Mr Futers was hit by a blue Chevrolet as he pulled out from Langbury Lane in Ferring into Ferring Street.
Fortunately among the passers-by was a former paramedic trainer, an exfirefighter and an off-duty police officer who all came to his aid before the emergency services took over.
The self-employed painter and decorator was released and taken to Worthing Hospital where he learned he had escaped with no broken bones.
Mr Futers, from Sussex Street in Littlehampton, added the psychological impact of the crash had not yet dawned on him, but vowed to be back on his bike within a month.
He said: “I have a feeling the car was an automatic which might have saved me, had it been a manual the car would still have some inertia if the clutch was engaged.
“I can’t remember what I was thinking at the time other than ‘there is a car on top of me’.”
Eye witness Mike Brampton from Worthing said: “I came up the ramp towards the crossing and there buried underneath the car was this figure dressed in red.
“My initial reaction was ‘oh my God what have we here’ but then I heard an utterance under the car from the cyclist.
“I was relieved that he could speak.
“That could have been a horrific accident, fortunately Justin got off incredibly lightly.”
A South East Coast Ambulance Service said they were called at 12.53pm on Saturday and sent two ambulances to the scene.
A man in his 40s was taken to Worthing Hospital while the driver, a 76- year-old man from Ferring, was checked over at the scene but did not require hospital treatment.
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