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A lucky escape for car collision biker

Swindon Advertiser: A lucky escape for car collision biker A lucky escape for car collision biker

A TEENAGER had a lucky escape yesterday after his motorbike collided with a BMW, launching him over the vehicle and into another car.

The 18-year-old rode into the back of the BMW at around 1.15pm as it queued at the junction of Whitehill Way and Mead Way.

The collision caused him to become unseated, and he flew over the top of the BMW and hit the car in front.

The road between Mead Way and Eastleaze Road closed for around two hours while police and ambulance services attended the scene and the road was reopened some time later.

Wiltshire Air Ambulance was scrambled and landed but the biker was taken to Great Western Hospital by land instead.

A spokesman from the South West Ambulance Service said: “A man, believed to be around 20, received treatment on the road side following a collision with a car.

“Two paramedic crews and a response vehicle attended the scene.

“The patient did not sustain life-threatening or life changing injuries and was taken to the Great Western Hospital.”

It is thought that the biker did not spot the queue of traffic at the Mead Way junction until the last minute, and did not have time to respond appropriately.

PC Andy Stanley, who was at the scene, said: “We think the motorbike came over the hill and didn't react to the stream of traffic and continued into the back of the BMW.

“He flew over the top and hit another vehicle.”

There was no damage to the BMW, and the driver left the scene after emergency crews arrived.

Later in the afternoon paramedics were again called out to Thamesdown Drive after two vehicles crashed near the Aldi store opposite Thresher Drive.

One vehicle spun away and went into a lampost, bending it at an angle of about 45 degrees.

The drivers did not sustain serious injuries and Swindon Council were called out to assess the damage to the road and lamp post.

The council judged that the road had not been badly affected by the collision.

A police spokesman said: “We have seen a number of road traffic collisions in the last few days.

“A timely reminder with the continuing poor weather and the forecasted wintry conditions.

“Please drive safely, taking in account the deteriorating weather.

“Adapt your driving for different weather conditions - in the wet, fog and ice, keep well back from the car in front, slow down and use appropriate lights.

“If you are cycling, please ensure you are using the appropriate lights or wearing high visibility clothing - poor weather conditions mean it can be harder for drivers to see pedestrians and cyclists.”

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10:23am Tue 28 Jan 14

Arrowfield says...

Most of the accidents I see around Swindon are people crashing into the back of the car in front. Although this is caused by careless driving it is also a result of the huge amount of queues encountered when driving around Swindon. 15 Years ago it was pleasure to drive around Swindon now its a nightmare.
Most of the accidents I see around Swindon are people crashing into the back of the car in front. Although this is caused by careless driving it is also a result of the huge amount of queues encountered when driving around Swindon. 15 Years ago it was pleasure to drive around Swindon now its a nightmare. Arrowfield
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10:31am Tue 28 Jan 14

benzss says...

Arrowfield wrote:
Most of the accidents I see around Swindon are people crashing into the back of the car in front. Although this is caused by careless driving it is also a result of the huge amount of queues encountered when driving around Swindon. 15 Years ago it was pleasure to drive around Swindon now its a nightmare.
I remember those halcyon days when, on a Sunday morning shortly after my breakfast marmalade and toast, I'd look at my Porsche and think, "I could drive around to the Cotswolds and enjoy the undulating hills and meandering B-roads," only to realise shortly after, "Oh but I'd really love to drive up the Great Western Way and skip around the Mannington Roundabout in all its Sunday morning majesty."

Good times.
[quote][p][bold]Arrowfield[/bold] wrote: Most of the accidents I see around Swindon are people crashing into the back of the car in front. Although this is caused by careless driving it is also a result of the huge amount of queues encountered when driving around Swindon. 15 Years ago it was pleasure to drive around Swindon now its a nightmare.[/p][/quote]I remember those halcyon days when, on a Sunday morning shortly after my breakfast marmalade and toast, I'd look at my Porsche and think, "I could drive around to the Cotswolds and enjoy the undulating hills and meandering B-roads," only to realise shortly after, "Oh but I'd really love to drive up the Great Western Way and skip around the Mannington Roundabout in all its Sunday morning majesty." Good times. benzss
  • Score: 12

11:33am Tue 28 Jan 14

Somebody, Somewhere says...

The end of the article should be common sense, such as using lights whilst cycling etc, unfortunately its not. I cycle to work 2-3 times a week and it is amazing how many "statistics waiting to happen" you see cycling around in the dark with no lights on their bikes. I am surprised we don't hear more reports of accidents involving cyclists in and around Swindon.
The end of the article should be common sense, such as using lights whilst cycling etc, unfortunately its not. I cycle to work 2-3 times a week and it is amazing how many "statistics waiting to happen" you see cycling around in the dark with no lights on their bikes. I am surprised we don't hear more reports of accidents involving cyclists in and around Swindon. Somebody, Somewhere
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1:31pm Tue 28 Jan 14

house on the hill says...

Arrowfield wrote:
Most of the accidents I see around Swindon are people crashing into the back of the car in front. Although this is caused by careless driving it is also a result of the huge amount of queues encountered when driving around Swindon. 15 Years ago it was pleasure to drive around Swindon now its a nightmare.
How can you blame lack of care and attention on Queues? Especially in a queue when stuff is hardly moving anyway, that's just being stupid.
[quote][p][bold]Arrowfield[/bold] wrote: Most of the accidents I see around Swindon are people crashing into the back of the car in front. Although this is caused by careless driving it is also a result of the huge amount of queues encountered when driving around Swindon. 15 Years ago it was pleasure to drive around Swindon now its a nightmare.[/p][/quote]How can you blame lack of care and attention on Queues? Especially in a queue when stuff is hardly moving anyway, that's just being stupid. house on the hill
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2:12pm Tue 28 Jan 14

SomeoneWhoIsntMe says...

Arrowfield wrote:
Most of the accidents I see around Swindon are people crashing into the back of the car in front. Although this is caused by careless driving it is also a result of the huge amount of queues encountered when driving around Swindon. 15 Years ago it was pleasure to drive around Swindon now its a nightmare.
That's because most cars in Swindon are going forwards, not backwards, or sideways.

When you have 6 gears to choose from and you choose one of the 5 forward directional gears, statistically, there is a higher probability that you won't be reversing.
[quote][p][bold]Arrowfield[/bold] wrote: Most of the accidents I see around Swindon are people crashing into the back of the car in front. Although this is caused by careless driving it is also a result of the huge amount of queues encountered when driving around Swindon. 15 Years ago it was pleasure to drive around Swindon now its a nightmare.[/p][/quote]That's because most cars in Swindon are going forwards, not backwards, or sideways. When you have 6 gears to choose from and you choose one of the 5 forward directional gears, statistically, there is a higher probability that you won't be reversing. SomeoneWhoIsntMe
  • Score: 6

3:28pm Fri 31 Jan 14

ruthiejames95 says...

I am so glad that there were no life-changing injuries that affected the biker. This is something that could have taken his life. I truly hope people begin to wear clothing that has high visibility and put lights on their bikes. We don't want anymore situations like this.
Ruth James | http://www.bbgreens.
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I am so glad that there were no life-changing injuries that affected the biker. This is something that could have taken his life. I truly hope people begin to wear clothing that has high visibility and put lights on their bikes. We don't want anymore situations like this. Ruth James | http://www.bbgreens. net/ ruthiejames95
  • Score: 2

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