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"All Cyclists Should Be Wearing a Cycle Helmet" says Dorset Fire Chief After Daughter Crashes

Accident scene

8:29am 16th May 2014
(Updated 8:30am 16th May 2014)

Lifesaving protective measures have saved the daughter of a Dorset Fire Chief from potential serious injury.

Lead Road Safety Officer Ben Ansell's 13 year old girl Hannah, was hit by a van and thrown into the air while cycling to School.

Luckily she only suffered minor injuries and puts it down to wearing a cycle helmet - pictured below.

Officer Ansell says all cyclists should be wearing one;

"In my time in the fire service I have seen lots of road traffic collisions, but I felt I needed to share my personal experience in the hope that others can learn from it.

I know that had Hannah not been wearing her helmet on Tuesday morning (14th May), this could be a totally different incident - her helmet really did save her life.

I would urge all cyclists to make sure they have the proper protective clothing including a well fitted helmet."

He added: "I would also like to thank the police officers, paramedics, nurses and doctors who looked after Hannah.  In particular, I would like to praise the actions of a GP doctor who came to Hannah's aid and ensured that she was not moved before the arrival of the emergency services".

Helmet

(Thanks to Dorset Fire and Rescue Service for the images.)

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