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Doncaster cyclist survives being thrown 60m in crash with speeding car

Graham Huck, 66, suffered serious injuries after being hit by overtaking car, but hopes to be racing again in 2017

A cyclist is lucky to be alive after being hit by a speeding car and thrown 62 metres down the road.

Graham Huck was riding with the Doncaster Wheelers when he was hit by a car overtaking at what is thought to have been around 70 miles per hour, reports the Doncaster Free Press

The 66-year-old grandfather of six was riding on the A1 when the collision happened, leaving him with serious injuries including a punctured lung, broken pelvis and fractured collarbone.

An eyewitness said Huck somersaulted through the air over the vehicle after the collision.

Huck, who celebrated 50 years of racing this year, said: “The police measured it and said I was knocked 62 metres down the road,”

“All I remember is being in the lay-by and there being a lot of blood. I think I was probably there for about an hour as the paramedics worked on me.

“When I was lying there on the road, immediately after the accident, I feared that I would never be able to go cycling again. It was very frightening,”

After the collision, on July 18 near Long Bennington in Nottinghamshire, Graham was taken to Nottingham University's East Midlands Major Trauma Centre. After two weeks in hospital he is undergoing rehabilitation at home. Graham said he couldn't praise hospital staff enough for their care.

Huck hopes the injuries won't get in the way of his racing, and hopes to be competing again by the end of 2017.

“I live for cycling, I have been doing it as hobby since 1965 so it’s a massive part of my life and who I am,” he said.

“I can’t wait to go out again. I know I have a lot of recovering to do but I’m determined I will be back on the road soon.”

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