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VIDEO: Minivan hits Cycling Team head on in California

UC Merced Cycling Team were out training near near Jamestown, California when they came across a vehicle cutting the corner of a tight bend

With little time to react the van hits two of the cyclists who in turn brought down the rest of the team.

The first rider who tries to avoid a full head on, endured the majority of the injuries and had to be air lifted to a nearby hospital, but was miraculously sustained a concussion and leg, knee and hand fractures which he has then since fully recovered.

”His Giro Air Attack helmet is what saved his life.”, said one of the cyclists.  “If you look closely you can actually see the helmet disintegrate when hitting the window of the van. The second miracle is how he landed on top of his brother which prevented his unprotected head from hitting the asphalt.”

“The rider on the left sustained the second greatest degree of injuries, but was still limited to an ER visit and some stitches. Myself and the other ride only sustained bruising and moderate road rash."

“With the help of the video police were able to determine that the van was at fault for being on our side of the road, but I still learned the lesson that I should be incredibly careful when outriding my line of sight.”

 
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