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Lucky escape for driver as bike falls off rear rack of overtaking car (+ link to video)

Incident happened last week near Buntingford in Hertfordshire (pic is for illustrative purposes only)

A motorist has posted footage to Facebook of the moment a bike fell off the rear rack of a car  travelling at 50mph that had just overtaken the vehicle he was driving.

The dashcam footage, which appears on the Deadline News website, was shot by John Worby who commented that he was “lucky” not to have been injured when the bike, one of two strapped onto the rear rack of the 4x4.

The bike bounced a couple of times on the road surface before landing on the right-hand verge.

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The incident happened near Buntingford, Hertfordshire, and Mr Worby said: “Bad driving, maybe not, but I was so lucky.”

One commenter to the post, David Fuller, said: “So many times you see bikes hanging off the back of cars that seem insecure, not to mention obscuring lights and number plate.

"I’m surprised there aren’t more bikes laying beside the roads.”

Last year, we reported how a motorist crashed near Newcastle when he had to swerve to avoid a bike that had fallen off a roof rack in front of him.

> Car sent crashing off busy Newcastle road after bike comes off roof rack

Luckily, no-one was hurt in the incident, which happened in November on the A19.

Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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