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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".


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

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