A cyclist in Russia yesterday had an incredibly close call with death when he found himself caught up in a collision between a lorry and a car – with the incident captured on CCTV.
The man was riding his bike across a pedestrian crossing in Lyubertsy, on the outskirts of Moscow, when a red car approached from the opposite direction just as a truck, whose driver appeared to have ignored the right of way, headed across the intersection.
The result was a spectacular collision between the lorry and the car that sends debris, and both vehicles, flying. The lorry was first tipped onto two wheels, possibly saving the rider’s life as it hurtled past him, before falling onto its other side.
The rider, on his knees, looked around – one can only imagine what must have been passing through his mind – before getting to his feet, while passers-by helped the apparently uninjured lorry driver out of his cab.
The footage is from a traffic surveillance camera operated by AVK-Wellcom, which uploaded the video to YouTube. This is the second video to emerge from Russia in recent months of cyclists emerging relatively unscathed from encounters with heavy goods vehicles, in July we reported on the even more remarkable case of the young woman cyclsit who walked away after being run over by a tipper truck in the Russian city of Zelenograd near Moscow.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.