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Video: Cyclist falls into gap as bridge opens to let boat through

Rider in Wisconsin sustained facial injuries after ignoring warning lights and barriers

Video from the United States shows the moment a cyclist who ignored warning signs as a bridge was opened to let a boat through fell into the gap between the roadway and the leaf of the bridge bring raised.

The incident happened on the Racine Street Bridge – a bascule bridge, similar to Tower Bridge in London – in Menasha, Wisconsin, following a Fourth of July firework display, reports

Footage supplied by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation shows lights flashing as the gates are lowered ahead of the bridge being raised.

But the cyclist ignores them, pedalling through the gates, hitting them with her backpack as she does so.

Moments later, she falls into the gap. More than a minute later, people come to her aid, one checking her condition, another appearing to phone for help.

According to, the bridge was kept open until the cyclist, a 37-year-old woman, was taken to safety.

Police said that she was subsequently taken to hospital to be treated for facial injuries.

Simon joined 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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