Helmet saves bus-collision cyclist on his way to school
A TEENAGE cyclist was saved by his helmet when he was in collision with a bus while crossing a Derby street.
The 15-year-old was pushing his bicycle on a pedestrian crossing in Duffield Road at 8.25am yesterday on his way to St Benedict Catholic School.
The collision broke the front window of the bus, operated by Notts and Derby, which was heading towards the city centre.
The driver of another bus which stopped at the scene said it was where the vehicle had hit the youngster’s head.
Police said the teenager escaped with a dislocated shoulder and back injuries which were “not too serious”.
St Benedict head teacher Dr Chris Reynolds declined to name the injured pupil.
He confirmed the boy had been wearing a helmet, which he hoped had protected him.
He said: “A member of staff on her way to school saw a group of pupils and the stationary bus, and stopped her car to investigate.
“As there was no adult with the pupil, she contacted mum, established the emergency services had been called and then accompanied the year-10 pupil to the hospital where she met up with his mother.
“The school would like to thank a member of the public who was driving down the Duffield Road who got out of her car and assisted at the scene.
“The pupil was conscious and able to talk to the member of staff and his mum.”
Lee Garton, 42, of Nottingham, was fitting windows at a house opposite the incident.
He said: “I didn’t see the collision itself but I heard a loud bang, like a crunching noise, and looked out of the window.
“There were four or five young lads who had been with him who picked him up and put him on the side of the road.
“I’m sure he was wearing a coloured helmet. Paramedics were there in 10 minutes.”
who stopped Gary Eaton, 49, of Beaufort Street, Derby, said he arrived to see the teenager on the ground being treated by medics.
He said: “I saw the kid on the floor. He was in shock but didn’t seem to be bleeding. I think he was more shook up that anything else.”
A police spokesman said the boy did not have head injuries. Officers are investigating the incident.
Susie Hewitt, a consultant at Royal Derby Hospital’s casualty department involved in the teenager’s treatment, said wearing helmets could save cyclists’ lives.
She said: “He (the boy) had always been told by his parents about the importance of wearing a helmet.”
A Notts and Derby spokesperson said: “We are currently investigating the incident and we hope the boy makes a speedy recovery.”