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Painful encounter caught in CCTV from house it happened outside

A CCTV camera has captured the moment a cyclist in Newcastle-upon-Tyne faceplanted into the back of a van.

Video of the painful encounter was posted to Facebook yesterday by Georgina Taylor with no comment other than three laughing emojis.

According to the datestamp on the video, the incident happened on the afternoon of last Thursday 10 August.

The driver of the van, which some have suggested bears the city council's livery, appears to slow down slightly, but the cyclist following him does not and is sent face-first into the rear of the vehicle.

Among those commenting on the video was a driver who slowed down after witnessing the crash and who confirmed it happened on Union Hall Road.

A woman getting out of a car parked by the house from which the video was taken retrieved the rider's bike from the road afterwards, while the cyclist got to his feet.

We hope he's okay and that nothing was injured other than his pride.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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racyrich [300 posts] 2 months ago
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Lucky to survive. Hitting objects you can't fly over usually results in a broken neck.

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Leviathan [2776 posts] 2 months ago
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That's got to smart a bit. 

He seems like a flexible lad though.

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eclecticcyclist [14 posts] 2 months ago
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turboprannet [274 posts] 2 months ago
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bloke from the video wrote:

We sik to hearing divert storeys hear is the actual truth ov what happened to stopEvery 1talkin shit yes ay did have an accserdent but nowt like what ppl are saying in tensive care no I was wasn't but in really bad way was with a/CPR/ on the seen an rush to hospital yes it was a joke an now on the mend but thanks to the ppl ho have seen an heard an in the right hear so if any 1else say different they talk shit

 

wow.

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don simon [1309 posts] 2 months ago
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Get that man a log in.

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EK Spinner [75 posts] 2 months ago
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Incredible, the person at the driver's door of the SUV (possibly the reason for the van braking) seems to get the bike off the road before seeing to the injured guy.

Must keep the traffic flowing !

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The _Kaner [1143 posts] 2 months ago
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Obviously we couldn't see what the van was braking for... (maybe just to catch out the lad on the bike???)...but the bike was utterly destroyed, as was the cyclist's ability for coherent typing.

The bystander was indeed more interested in removing the bike from the road than attending to the cyclist...initially.

 

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markysd [13 posts] 2 months ago
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I imagine that before the crash, he was a wordsmith akin to Shakespeare.  Shame. 

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Grahamd [667 posts] 2 months ago
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eclecticcyclist wrote:

I think it did. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1394413080674147&set=pcb.1394413...

 

So did it improve his looks?

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check12 [134 posts] 2 months ago
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turboprannet wrote:
bloke from the video wrote:

We sik to hearing divert storeys hear is the actual truth ov what happened to stopEvery 1talkin shit yes ay did have an accserdent but nowt like what ppl are saying in tensive care no I was wasn't but in really bad way was with a/CPR/ on the seen an rush to hospital yes it was a joke an now on the mend but thanks to the ppl ho have seen an heard an in the right hear so if any 1else say different they talk shit

 

wow.

 

Autocorrect doesn't stand a chance!

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balmybaldwin [199 posts] 2 months ago
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Looks like he was brake checked to me - even so stupid to be going so quick behind a non-transparent object

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Initialised [323 posts] 2 months ago
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It checks out, even the cars are the same on google maps. 

https://goo.gl/maps/AzQpwNJnob62

Maybe he was after my KOM https://www.strava.com/segments/7753396

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Leviathan [2776 posts] 2 months ago
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Initialised wrote:

It checks out, even the cars are the same on google maps. 

https://goo.gl/maps/AzQpwNJnob62

Maybe he was after my KOM https://www.strava.com/segments/7753396

Crazy, that segment starts 20m from where I used to live on Lemington Rise estate 88-95. (Now live 150miles away.)

666 riders, unlucky for him.

Bonkers speeds, descending Kudos, who said the mountains only went up.

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Yorkshire wallet [1429 posts] 2 months ago
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don simon wrote:

Get that man a log in.

My wife is wondering why I'm chuckling to myself.

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alansmurphy [865 posts] 2 months ago
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He's had a rough week, he just found out he's due on Jeremy Kyle too.

Jeez, society is fucked!

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brooksby [2581 posts] 2 months ago
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That still from the video  is so weird. He looks like some sort of amazing plastic accessory (like the way bin lorries always have a soft toy on the front bumper)

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sminchnz [9 posts] 2 months ago
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Seems I'm the only one game enough (or stupid enough?) to admit to having done this myself. Was biking down the road, fiddling with my speedo and apparently paying no attention to what I was doing, and went straight into the back of a parked car. Wrecked my fork, felt like a tit, but otherwise okay. Aside from massage bruising to my ego, of couse.

Thank God no one saw, let alone got it on video o.O

Stephen

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Redvee [354 posts] 2 months ago
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I'm another guilty of riding into the back of the vehicle in front of them. I was in a queue at aroundabout and watching the traffic going round and saw a gap appear so started to ride forward but the van in front didn't move so rode into the back of said van, luckily for me it was a 5mph impact and no pain involved.

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craigstitt [73 posts] 2 months ago
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"The driver of the van, which some have suggested bears the city council's livery, appears to slow down slightly, but the cyclist following him does not and is sent face-first into the rear of the vehicle."

Last time I checked, doing something tantamount to an emergency stop is not slowing down slightly 

But a big chunk of the blame has to lie with the cyclist.  Too close to the van to allow him to stop safely.... and I would always leave a bigger gap behind a van than a car because you can't see any potential hazards through or over a van that you can see with cycling behind a car.

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Vehlin [39 posts] 2 months ago
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Someone get that man a bottle of Newcastle Brown Fail 

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jasecd [473 posts] 2 months ago
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alansmurphy wrote:

He's had a rough week, he just found out he's due on Jeremy Kyle too. Jeez, society is fucked!

I doubt you have much interest in society, taking cheap shots like that.

For all you know the guy has severe dyslexia or other learning difficulties that result in his inability to write a coherent paragraph. But kudos to you for sneering at him.

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Yorkshire wallet [1429 posts] 2 months ago
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jasecd wrote:
alansmurphy wrote:

He's had a rough week, he just found out he's due on Jeremy Kyle too. Jeez, society is fucked!

I doubt you have much interest in society, taking cheap shots like that.

For all you know the guy has severe dyslexia or other learning difficulties that result in his inability to write a coherent paragraph. But kudos to you for sneering at him.

Place your bets......

Chances are he's just thick and didn't put in any effort at school and his parents are also thick and did nothing to enhance his education. I went to Tropical World in Leeds one day and a teenager was describing a lizard as a 'land shark' and another thought capuchin monkeys were chimps. Society is fucked. Really stupid people are everywhere.

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jasecd [473 posts] 2 months ago
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Yorkshire wallet wrote:
jasecd wrote:
alansmurphy wrote:

He's had a rough week, he just found out he's due on Jeremy Kyle too. Jeez, society is fucked!

I doubt you have much interest in society, taking cheap shots like that.

For all you know the guy has severe dyslexia or other learning difficulties that result in his inability to write a coherent paragraph. But kudos to you for sneering at him.

Place your bets......

Chances are he's just thick and didn't put in any effort at school and his parents are also thick and did nothing to enhance his education. I went to Tropical World in Leeds one day and a teenager was describing a lizard as a 'land shark' and another thought capuchin monkeys were chimps. Society is fucked. Really stupid people are everywhere.

 

Intelligence isn't just genetic and is influenced by myriad social and environmental factors. There are significant failings in our education system and society where people are allowed to fall through the cracks. This is compounded if they are poor and even more so if they are from a difficult background.

I find the tone of some of the comments here pretty horrible and reveals quite an insidious contempt for those who are probably in need of some compassion rather than mocking.

 

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Bowks [43 posts] 2 months ago
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I wonder, having watched the footage a few times, if the van slowed due to the driver of the parked car opening her door, causing him to hit the anchors and stop.

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Mungecrundle [866 posts] 2 months ago
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On the one hand he could be a drug addled scrote with a criminal history. Or maybe he suffered foetal alcohol syndrome and an abusive upbringing. Or maybe he was starved of oxygen at birth and has been brought up by a loving single parent in a desperately poor home and never got the chances some of us did. Maybe he suffers dyslexia, autism, aspergers or any number of cognitive impairments but actually has an IQ of 150 and despite all the odds is about to sell the next big internet thing for a $billion. Maybe he spends his spare time working at the local food bank and has a poster of Mother Theressa on his bedroom wall.

But heck, go ahead and fit whatever social narrative fits your own world view and agenda, based on nothing more than a facebook posting allegedly written by the guy.

And FWIW I cannot fathom from the video why the van came to such an abrupt halt, but I'm sure nbrus will be along soon to explain that behaviour.

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brooksby [2581 posts] 2 months ago
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Mungecrundle wrote:

And FWIW I cannot fathom from the video why the van came to such an abrupt halt, but I'm sure nbrus will be along soon to explain that behaviour.

 

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ChrisB200SX [515 posts] 2 months ago
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Mungecrundle wrote:

FWIW I cannot fathom from the video why the van came to such an abrupt halt, but I'm sure nbrus will be along soon to explain that behaviour.

He was about to perform an overtake with some counter-steering, so obviously had to hit the brakes first to shift the weight to the front axle.

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alansmurphy [865 posts] 2 months ago
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jasecd wrote:
alansmurphy wrote:

He's had a rough week, he just found out he's due on Jeremy Kyle too. Jeez, society is fucked!

I doubt you have much interest in society, taking cheap shots like that.

For all you know the guy has severe dyslexia or other learning difficulties that result in his inability to write a coherent paragraph. But kudos to you for sneering at him.

Ahhh, bless you and your vision of a World where all scrotes have just had a challenging existence.

If you follow the link above he's a workshy druggie. If you read one of his posts he has 'opened' up about how his latest girlfriend has been sleeping with 2 of his mates.

So no, I wasn't sneering. I was using the evidence in front of me to point out he's had a rough time. The last sentence was based on the observations of a life I know little about, and would prefer not to have to subsidise...

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craigstitt [73 posts] 2 months ago
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ChrisB200SX wrote:
Mungecrundle wrote:

FWIW I cannot fathom from the video why the van came to such an abrupt halt, but I'm sure nbrus will be along soon to explain that behaviour.

He was about to perform an overtake with some counter-steering, so obviously had to hit the brakes first to shift the weight to the front axle.

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jasecd [473 posts] 2 months ago
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alansmurphy wrote:
jasecd wrote:
alansmurphy wrote:

He's had a rough week, he just found out he's due on Jeremy Kyle too. Jeez, society is fucked!

I doubt you have much interest in society, taking cheap shots like that.

For all you know the guy has severe dyslexia or other learning difficulties that result in his inability to write a coherent paragraph. But kudos to you for sneering at him.

Ahhh, bless you and your vision of a World where all scrotes have just had a challenging existence. If you follow the link above he's a workshy druggie. If you read one of his posts he has 'opened' up about how his latest girlfriend has been sleeping with 2 of his mates. So no, I wasn't sneering. I was using the evidence in front of me to point out he's had a rough time. The last sentence was based on the observations of a life I know little about, and would prefer not to have to subsidise...

 

You absolutely were sneering and you've continued to do so in your response to both me and the guy in question.

How exactly is his girlfriend sleeping with his friends proof of his character, or his past? How exactly are you subsidising his life? Are you just assuming he's in receipt of benefits and if so, that is both entirely his own fault and something to be villified for ? Why exactly does he deserve your scorn rather than your compassion having narrowly avoided a really serious injury?

Your perjorative language reveals your prejudices very clearly Alan. If society is indeed fucked then it's in a large part due to attitudes like yours. If John Watson had been middle class then you wouldn't have said a word.

 

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