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Car lifted off trapped cyclist in Leeds

Passers-by joined emergency services to lift vehicle off Dan Gray after collision in city centre this morning

Members of the public joined emergency services personnel to help lift a car off a cyclist who had become trapped underneath it following a collision in Leeds this morning.

The Yorkshire Evening Post reports that cyclist Dan Gray, aged 30, was turning right from Whitehall Road onto Globe Road when the collision involving a car exiting the junction happened.

His leg was trapped underneath the vehicle for approximately 10 minutes before police officers and paramedics, helped by half-a-dozen passers-by, managed to lift the car off him.

Mr Gray, who works as a fraud investigator, told the newspaper: "I was very lucky really. It was good to see so many people help me before the police got there.

“I was waiting at the junction and the driver attempted to come out and didn't see me. The car went straight into me and I went underneath the front on the driver's side.

“The car stopped with the rear tyre on my leg. Six people lifted the car and freed my leg."

Officers from West Yorkshire Police are continuing to investigate the collision, with no arrests made to date.

We’ve reported in the past on about similar cases where passers-by have come to the aid of cyclists trapped beneath vehicles.

In 2013, around 10 people including drivers from a nearby minicab firm lifted a car off a female cyclist in London’s Spitalfields.

And in 2015, paramedics in Oxford praised members of the public who lifted a car off a woman who had become trapped underneath it following a collision on the city’s New Inn Hall Street.

Simon has been news editor at 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.

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