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Drivers ignored plight of cyclist left lying in agony on A5 in Leicestershire

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A cyclist, injured in an accident, says he was left lying in agony on the side of the road for 20 minutes as motorists passed by.

Ian Hughes, 66, said he was riding along the A5 just ahead of a lorry when he hit an eight-inch-deep hole in the road.

His bike flipped over and he crashed to the ground, breaking his arm and tearing muscles in his wrists.

Ian's memories of what happened next are blurry, but he said the lorry went past him and that he lay on the side of the road for between 20 minutes and half an hour with drivers passing by and ignoring him.

One motorist eventually stopped and lent Ian, from Higham on the Hill, near Hinckley, his phone.

Ian called his wife, Jean, who drove him to hospital.

Describing the accident, which happened on Friday last week at about 10.30am, he said: "I was out cycling for fun and was heading up the A5 to get on to a nice country lane in Warwickshire.

"I was just over the border, outside Atherstone, when I hit a square hole that was full of water.

"One minute I was moving and the next I was in a heap on the floor.

"I had my feet strapped to the pedals, so that stopped me flying over the handlebars and hurting myself more badly.

"I was also lucky the 40-tonne lorry behind me wasn't too close behind me, because he could have hit me.

"As it was, the lorry just went straight past.

"I got to the verge and then lay on the side of the road for quite a while, with no strength to do anything. I was within a foot of the road and motorists would have seen me as they passed but none of them stopped.

"You would have thought it was obvious I'd been hurt. I can't believe it took so long for someone to offer help."

Staff at the George Eliot Hospital, in Nuneaton, plastered his arm and he was sent home.

He also suffered bad bruises to his elbows, hip and shoulder and was unable to use his hands for three days.

"I've got a big family with kids and grandchildren, so it really messed my Christmas up," he said.

Ian said he thought the hole was part of some roadworks on the busy road.

"I've reported it, because my accident could have been much worse. I was lucky to get off so lightly."

A spokesman for the Highways Agency, which is responsible for the A5, said that due to the Christmas holidays it was impossible to say whether the issue was known about or whether it was being dealt with.

Drivers ignored plight of  cyclist left lying in agony on A5 in Leicestershire


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