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Cyclist describes near-death collision

Cyclist describes near-death collision

Published at 8:47am 29th April 2015. (Updated at 6:38pm 29th April 2015)

A Wharfedale cyclist who survived a head-on collision with a 4x4 in the Dales is urging fellow cyclists to download a first aid mobile app from St John Ambulance.

Nick Turnbull, 54, of Burley-in-Wharfedale, will be joining bike club members to ride the Tour de Yorkshire route ahead of the race on 3 May, after a lucky escape and remarkable recovery from the accident in January 2014.

The former policeman and Scout leader was riding around a bend on a country road near Bolton Abbey when he saw the car and was unable to brake in time.

He suffered a punctured lung and broke his shoulder blade, wrist and nine ribs in the crash.

Luckily the passenger in the car was a member of a fell rescue team and a trained first aider.

When Nick - unaware of the extent of his injuries - began to get up, the first aider insisted he did not move.

He covered Nick with blankets to protect him from the cold and continued to check his condition until the ambulance arrived 40 minutes later.

LISTEN: Nick describes his collision with the 4x4:

Nick believes it was the man's knowledge of first aid and his subsequent actions which prevented a life-threatening situation from developing.

He said: "As soon as he said 'I'm a first aider', it put my mind at ease. I thought at least somebody here knows what to do.

"I was getting up, but he said 'No, you've got to stay down'. I was getting very cold, but given that I had a punctured lung and broken ribs, the situation could quickly have been become much more serious.

"I'd advise all cyclists to download the St John Ambulance First Aid for Cyclists app. It's simple to use and you never know when you might be faced with a situation like mine."

The free app was launched last year by St John Ambulance in response to the growing popularity of cycling, as well as a reported rise in the number of accidents.

Burley cyclists

Nick and members of Burley Bike Club plan to use the Tour de Yorkshire and future high-profile rides to raise money for St John Ambulance.

You can donate by going to www.justgiving.com/Nick-Turnbull5