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Justin Futers made lucky escape after incident that saw him rescued by emergency services

A cyclist who spent 30 minutes trapped under a car and had to be rescued by emergency services has spoken of his relief after he walked away with only cuts and bruises.

Justin Futers, 47, was pinned  under a blue Chevrolet by his legs after he was dragged underneath during a collision on Saturday afternoon, almost being crushed under the front wheels.

His bike was destroyed in the incident.

He told the Daily Mail: "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 over my shoulders, there was a quarter of an inch between me and the rest of the car, it was that tight."

The painter and decorator was helped at the scene by a former paramedic trainer, an ex-firefighter and an off-duty police officer who were passing by near Worthing, West Sussex.

He said: "I can't remember what I was thinking at the time other than 'There is a car on top of me'."

A  witness said: "It is a miracle the cyclist survived let alone escaped with no broken bones.

"As I approached the car all I could see underneath was a figure dressed in red, and I feared the worst.

"I was relieved that he could speak. It could have been a horrific accident, fortunately Justin got off incredibly lightly."

The driver, a 76-year-old local man, did not require treatment, but Mr Futers was taken to hospital.

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.