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Firefighters needed to cut handlebars from bike before Dane Phillips was taken to hospital for surgery

A cyclist from Hereford has spoken of how he was impaled on the brake lever of his bike after a rat-running motorist knocked him off it.

Dane Phillips, aged 45, was riding to a supermarket on Monday 28 January when a motorist hit the front wheel of his bike, sending his bike into the air, reports Metro.

It landed on top of him, impaling his right leg, which necessitated fire-fighters to cut the handlebars off the bike. He was rushed to hospital, where he underwent surgery to remove the handlebars and brake lever.

He said: “I was on my way to Aldi and cycling the route I’d done a thousand times before when this car came out of nowhere. ‘It all happened so fast, it clipped my front tyre and the bike just flew up 10 feet in the air.

“I was lying on the ground and the bike landed on top of me with the handlebars through my leg.

“At first I didn’t initially realise I had been hurt, and then I saw that the gear and brake levers on the handlebars were stuck deep in my leg.

“The handlebars had to be cut off my bike by firefighters using specialist equipment at the scene and then I was taken to hospital to have them removed from my leg.”

He said that the street layout in the area where the incident happened were dangerous for cyclists.

“It was not a one-off, the narrow streets in Whitecross in Hereford are used as rat-runs by drivers looking to get in and out of the city,” he explained.

“It could have been a child that was hit,” he added. “It was a big car and it could easily have been a fatal accident. I’d just like to raise awareness, in the hope that this doesn’t happen to anyone else.”

While cyclists being impaled on their bicycles is thankfully a very rare occurrence, it does happen now and again.

In 2015, we reported how a cyclist from Leeds needed surgery after his leg became impaled on his bike’s handlebars.

And last August, we reported on the tragic story of a six-year-old boy in the US who was killed in a similar incident after the handlebar tube had become exposed due to disintegration of ends of the rubber handlebar grips.

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.