Cyclist who spent 30 minutes trapped under car after collision miraculously escapes with no injuries

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

by Sarah Barth   January 3, 2014 news

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.

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Not only did he not get crushed by the car, but there also happened to be a paramedic, a fireman and a copper passing at the time.
I wonder if he'd accompany me on all my future rides...

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posted by Chris [128 posts]
3rd January 2014 - 16:56


My jaw just dropped when I saw who was there to help. The big man upstairs was defiantly looking out for him. Hoping that Justin mends up quickly.

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posted by giff77 [1185 posts]
3rd January 2014 - 18:08


Lucky indeed. Let's hope he gets back on a bike soon and doesn't suffer longer term effects of being run over.

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posted by Guyz2010 [298 posts]
3rd January 2014 - 18:19


if the "big man" was lookingbout for him he wouldn't have been hit by a car in the first place?

posted by Al__S [884 posts]
3rd January 2014 - 23:45


The driver was 76. One assumes that the DVLA will be discussing this with the police...

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posted by Gizmo_ [1249 posts]
3rd January 2014 - 23:55


Age of driver? Don't go there; have you seen some of the young drivers? or middle aged drivers on our roads? Age has nothing to do with bad driving, it appears that the 76, year old had the foresight to stop before he killed the cyclist.

How many young drivers would have stopped in time?

God blessed, both driver and cyclist during that accident.

posted by Mostyn [430 posts]
4th January 2014 - 0:25


All he needed was Geoff Capes to have been walking past to lift the car off him - bit unlucky really.

posted by Some Fella [908 posts]
4th January 2014 - 0:48


Well said, Mostyn.

posted by vbvb [442 posts]
4th January 2014 - 2:44


Gizmo_ wrote:
The driver was 76. One assumes that the DVLA will be discussing this with the police...

Why? What has the DVLA got to do with this? Is someone over the age of 75 not allowed to have a driving licence? And why would the Police want to discuss anything with the DVLA.

You're implying that the age of the driver is relevant here and it is not. There are plenty of drivers not aged 76 who are involved in collisions with cyclists. The ability to drive safely, or the lack of it, should determine who has and who does not have a driving licence not the person's age.

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posted by jova54 [663 posts]
4th January 2014 - 10:07


God blessed nobody. He was lucky and others are not. Unless of course 'God' is selective in his blessings ? Perhaps he checks Strava stats first?

posted by SimonT1971 [35 posts]
4th January 2014 - 11:18


Be interesting to know what actually happened there, but I expect we'll never really know.

'The 47-year-old cyclist was dragged beneath the blue Chevrolet as he pulled out of a junction in Worthing, West Sussex. '

posted by racyrich [216 posts]
4th January 2014 - 13:03


"The driver... did not require (hospital) treatment".

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posted by nowasps [352 posts]
4th January 2014 - 16:34


Chris wrote:
Not only did he not get crushed by the car, but there also happened to be a paramedic, a fireman and a copper passing at the time.

Reminds me of when one of my "more elderly" clubmates was shopping with his wife and suffered a heart attack. As he fell to the pavement he was caught by none other than a paramedic, whose colleague was parked in their ambulance just around the corner. That act of providence very likely saved his life.

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posted by K Stand Ken [55 posts]
4th January 2014 - 17:15


Yep, no information on whether it was bad driving or cycling, or indeed both.

A fortunate and happy outcome all things considering.

But another road bike goes to the nice black rolling Tarmac in the sky....RIP

posted by Colin Peyresourde [1621 posts]
5th January 2014 - 14:22