Firefighter seriously injured cycling in Yorkshire Dales near Tour de France route

The Northern Echo: ROAD COLLISION: A firefighter has sustained serious injuries after colliding with a car in Wensleydale. ROAD COLLISION: A firefighter has sustained serious injuries after colliding with a car in Wensleydale.

A FIREFIGHTER has sustained serious injuries after a colliding with a car while cycling near a Yorkshire Dales village on what will be the Tour de France’s opening stage.

The 48-year-old from the Bradford area had been riding with colleagues on Carpley Green Road, near Bainbridge, in Wensleydale on Saturday (April 5), when he collided with a silver Vauxhall Corsa shortly after 2pm.

The Great North Air Ambulance (GNNA) anaesthetised the man at the scene before he was taken to the James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough for treatment for severe spinal, pelvic, chest and internal injuries. A GNNA spokesman said the firefighter was in a stable condition.

North Yorkshire Police closed the lane, which links Wharfedale and Wensleydale, for several hours and launched an investigation into the incident.

Anyone who saw the car or the cyclist before the incident should call PC Simon Hudson on 101.

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9:35am Fri 11 Apr 14

Just another opinion says...

As the police senior investigating officer for this collision, I would like to bring to cyclists attention some of the dangers associated with cycling in the Dales. I won't comment on this particular collision, other than to say my thoughts are with the cyclist and his family and I hope he makes a full recovery and is soon back on his bike.
As a result of 2 cyclist collisions last week in the Dales. North Yorkshire police are issuing guidance for cyclists visiting the Dales.
I would urge cyclist to consider that country roads whilst quieter than urban roads have their own dangers.- steep descents, sudden bends, narrow stretches where on coming vehicles will be in the middle of the road, loose surfaces, no kerb lines with often unexpected run offs from verges, and animals or wildlife in the road. Please ensure when descending that you are always in a position slow down or stop and that round a bend could be hidden dangers. I have ben a keen cyclist for over 30 years and have ridden all the roads of the dales including this years TdF route. I have had my share of falls and from experience now descend more slowly than previously fully ware of the consequences if all goes wrong.! Enjoy our roads. Please also wear a helmet. It may not be a legal requirement but you only have one head!
As the police senior investigating officer for this collision, I would like to bring to cyclists attention some of the dangers associated with cycling in the Dales. I won't comment on this particular collision, other than to say my thoughts are with the cyclist and his family and I hope he makes a full recovery and is soon back on his bike. As a result of 2 cyclist collisions last week in the Dales. North Yorkshire police are issuing guidance for cyclists visiting the Dales. I would urge cyclist to consider that country roads whilst quieter than urban roads have their own dangers.- steep descents, sudden bends, narrow stretches where on coming vehicles will be in the middle of the road, loose surfaces, no kerb lines with often unexpected run offs from verges, and animals or wildlife in the road. Please ensure when descending that you are always in a position slow down or stop and that round a bend could be hidden dangers. I have ben a keen cyclist for over 30 years and have ridden all the roads of the dales including this years TdF route. I have had my share of falls and from experience now descend more slowly than previously fully ware of the consequences if all goes wrong.! Enjoy our roads. Please also wear a helmet. It may not be a legal requirement but you only have one head! Just another opinion
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