Rachel Atherton collides with car in training accident

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Rachel Atherton collides with car in training accident

Postby Aushiker » Tue Jan 20, 2009 12:58 pm

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Not good news. Rachel Atherton 2008 World Downhill Champion was involved in a head-on with a SUV in the states this week.

Details and photos at http://www.animalcommencal.com/ .

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by BNA » Tue Jan 20, 2009 8:17 pm

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Postby Mulger bill » Tue Jan 20, 2009 8:17 pm

Not good news at all, she's one very lucky lass.

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Postby Aushiker » Wed Jan 21, 2009 1:30 pm

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More news... seems sometimes cyclists can be stupid too :roll:

More details have emerged about the crash involving downhill mountain bike world champion Rachel Atherton and a pickup truck in Santa Cruz, USA, on January 19.

Atherton was training on her road bike with brothers Gee and Dan when the collision happened. She said in an interview following the crash: “Got in a fight with a truck … and ended worse off than I imagined.”

Hugh Holden, a California Highway Patrol officer, said Atherton had been riding on the wrong side of the road and it looked like she was to blame for the collision. He said it was unlikely she would be prosecuted.

Atherton, who was not wearing a helmet at the time, said: “I was pinning it down the road listening to AC/DC. Head down, looked up, there’s a truck coming. I was like, ‘Oh my God, what’s going on?’ So I swerved and he swerved the same way. And then we swerved left. And then I was like, ‘This is not good’, so I just … braced, tensed as hard as I could.”

Atherton hit the car head-on, with her bike taking most of the impact and her face and shoulder hitting the windscreen. Her shoulder is dislocated and severely swollen, and is due to be operated on soon.

Gee said: “She was just lying there and ... because I saw the pickup, I was like, ‘Mate, my sister’s dead”… I honestly thought I’d lost her at that point.”

Investigations into the crash are continuing.
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Postby Mulger bill » Wed Jan 21, 2009 7:42 pm

:roll: She's one very silly lass.

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helmet my dear girl helmet

Postby dobbin33ch » Wed Feb 18, 2009 1:22 am

THIS JUST GOES TO SHOW ,THAT ALL RIDERS SHOULD WEAR A HELMET ,AS ITS TOO LATE TO CRY ABOUT GETTING HIT AND HAVING A HEAD INJURY ,,AFTER THE CRASH ,, TOO MANY PEOPLE OUT THERE ARE WITHOUT HELMETS , AWARENESS IS THE WORD ,,A HELMET CAN SAVE YOUR LIVE ,, THATS ONE LUCKY CHAMPION ,
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Postby AUbicycles » Wed Feb 18, 2009 6:11 am

Whoops - Caps Lock on!
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Postby sogood » Wed Feb 18, 2009 6:17 am

AUbicycles wrote:Whoops - Caps Lock on!

I think that was intentional. :wink:
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