Man impaled on bike says thanks for rescue

PUBLISHED: 14:00 13 October 2011 | UPDATED: 14:22 13 October 2011

David Johnson was impaled on his bike, Somerdale Avenue , Milton.

David Johnson was impaled on his bike, Somerdale Avenue , Milton.

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A WESTON man who impaled 
himself on his own bike last week has thanked passers-by and a rescue team for supporting him after the accident.

A WESTON man who impaled 
himself on his own bike last week has thanked passers-by and a rescue team for supporting him after the accident.

David Johnson, aged 57, of 
Somerdale Avenue, was riding to work at the town’s job centre when he lost control while adjusting the rucksack on his back.

The resulting fall left David flat on his back with the brake lever of his bike embedded in his upper thigh.

He said: “It was a humbling 
experience that so many people had to invest time and effort in me as a result of a simple accident. I got away lightly really. ”

The father of three had to shout until he got the attention of a 
neighbour, who called the emergency services. He said four neighbours stayed with him, one of whom 
provided cushions to make him comfortable and called his wife, Sue, aged 52.

He said: “Everyone suddenly turned up, which was astonishing. It seemed almost unbelievable to have so much attention to sort out someone who was just cycling on their way to work.”

David, who does a lot of running for charity, feared the injury would 
scupper his hobby in the future - but he is now back on his feet.

This follows treatment which saw David put to sleep by paramedics at the scene of the accident so they could remove the brake lever, before he was taken to Weston General Hospital to be stitched up.

He said: “Everyone was fantastic, and it could have been avoided as my concentration probably wasn’t what it should have been. The outcome was remarkably positive because I was really worried that I had done some serious damage.

“The neighbours were wonderful and provided much needed 
reassurance while waiting for the emergency services to arrive. As for the paramedics, fire crews and air ambulance personnel, they were absolutely brilliant at the scene of the accident. The medical staff at Weston General Hospital were also superb.

“I just wanted to let everyone who was involved know I was really grateful.”

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