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Old 04-05-15, 09:48 AM
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Worst crash/es you've witnessed?

What are some of the worst crashes you've seen happen? I'll start off. A few years ago, me and some friends were doing some on-road riding on our mountain bikes on some pretty steep hills. As we were coasting downhill through a turn, at a good 25 mph one of my friends just ahead of me hit a patch of loose gravel and went down. He slid a good 10 feet before slamming his head into a large rock. Luckily, he was wearing his helmet. It was cracked in several places. Almost all of the skin on his back was gone. The next day, I went back out with that same group of friends (minus the one who crashed the day before) were riding out in the same area. This time, we were going uphill. Two of my friends, one fairly inexperienced, were riding uphill next to each other pretty slowly. The less experienced of the two lost his momentum, fell onto friend 2, sending his handlebar into the thigh of friend 2. (His handlebar grip was gone at the edges, leaving only metal.) Friend 2 ended up with stitches in his leg and a broken ankle from the fall. What are some of the worst wrecks you guys have seen?

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Old 04-05-15, 09:53 AM
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Into Schadenfreude ?
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Old 04-05-15, 10:18 AM
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haha

(but no)

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Does crashing also count as witnessing it? If so, I've witnessed some pretty bad ones.
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Friend went through here not knowing about the huge hole in the center . Landed on his face.



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Old 04-05-15, 01:24 PM
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We have a MUP with a Tourist Trolley along the riverbank thru town, sharing it , so cyclists have to negotiate Crossing RR tracks to use the path

some times they dont do it right.

I dont Live in Portland But You can watch the Oregonian (https://www.oregonlive.com/#/0 ) for cyclist fatalities that happen in that city occasionally.
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Old 04-05-15, 03:45 PM
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Th worst I saw was when I was driving. My ex-wife and I were driving down the road, and as I looked at a cyclist at the side of the road, her purse got caught in the front wheel, and she went over the handebar and got a pretty nasty gash on her shin, and other scrapes.

We gave her a ride home, she was pretty shaken up, and I am guessing she won't carry her purse that way any more.
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Years ago I was riding home from a part time job and got my tire entrenched in one of those 2 inch wide, 2 inch deep gutters and took a spill. I was wearing a pretty sturdy backpack and fortunately I fell on my back. As I skidded on my backpack for about 5-7 feet I heard a car's brakes lock up and when I came to a stop I turn my head towards the traffic and there was the front bumper of a car about 2 feet from my head. Lucky for me I was wearing the backpack and the guy was able to stop in time.
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Old 04-05-15, 04:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Looigi View Post
Does crashing also count as witnessing it? If so, I've witnessed some pretty bad ones.
Haha I would say yes. Luckily, I have never had a serious crash on a bike, although skateboards are another matter haha.

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Old 04-05-15, 05:37 PM
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
Friend went through here not knowing about the huge hole in the center . Landed on his face.



Man, I would totally miss seeing that. No wonder your friend hit it. Hope he was ok.
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Many years ago I was riding home from work I was cranking pretty good. Coming around the corner my front wheel hit a flatten pop can on sand. My front wheel went out from under me . I had more road rash than most motorcycle crashes I have seen to this day my left pinky finger is crooked and it screwed my bike. I ended up in the middle of Orange Ave in Orlando It was a miracle some one didn't run over me
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Originally Posted by plumberroy View Post
Many years ago I was riding home from work I was cranking pretty good. Coming around the corner my front wheel hit a flatten pop can on sand. My front wheel went out from under me . I had more road rash than most motorcycle crashes I have seen to this day my left pinky finger is crooked and it screwed my bike. I ended up in the middle of Orange Ave in Orlando It was a miracle some one didn't run over me
Sounds pretty bad glad you were OK.
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I witnessed the crash described in this ESPN Magazine article: "BECAUSE REALLY, THIS IS NUTS" . I heard his front tire pop, then... nothing. Then a hellacious scraping when he landed on the pavement. There's a reason they build high-speed HPV's out of Kevlar.

And he walked away...

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Old 04-05-15, 10:16 PM
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Decades ago while riding down the hill in to Ensenada, Baja during the 50 mile fun ride, a rider next to me went down. We were FLYING and he lost it. He slid on the pavement next to me for at least 100 feet...the scene has never left me. Never found out what happened to him.

Worst crashes I participated in? I lost it in a berm while racing BMX in my youth and hit a fence post...with my face. Yup, that explains a lot...

The worst on road was going down coming in to a right hand turn due to a front that was going flat. Front washed out and I slid across 3 lanes of traffic (thankfully on their RED light phase). My GPS showed I was pushing 21 MPH when it happened. The thing was accurate enough to take one final reading before registering "0.0". I rode the bike home (in shock) and then discovered the true meaning of road rash. More muscle than sense I guess.
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Originally Posted by klmmicro View Post
I rode the bike home (in shock) and then discovered the true meaning of road rash. More muscle than sense I guess.
Yes, at first you don't notice it but when you get back, and you have nothing else to focus on, it is the worst I went down on a longboard at about 20 mph and slid a good 10 feet on my side. My shoulder and elbow took the worst of it. I still have scars there today. My wrist probably would have been pretty bad, if it weren't for my watch:

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Dang! Casio makes one heck of a watch it would seem. Battle scars show character...at least that is what I have been told. For anyone reading this, liquid bandage IS NOT AN OPTION FOR ROAD RASH! Just a friendly warning.
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Old 04-06-15, 11:04 AM
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Dang! Casio makes one heck of a watch it would seem. Battle scars show character...at least that is what I have been told. For anyone reading this, liquid bandage IS NOT AN OPTION FOR ROAD RASH! Just a friendly warning.
Yes, although my example here is not of road rash. One time I tripped and took a nasty spill and my knee hit a rock, and i ended up with a 3 inch gash through my skin. (This was on a boy scout campout a couple years ago) One of the scoutmasters who was inexperienced in first aid put liquid bandage on it, trapping the dirt inside. -_- we had to rip it back open, clean it out, then go to the emergency room for a few stitches. I nearly passed out from the pain of re-opening the wound and vigorously scrubbing it with a washcloth. I have developed a high pain tolerance over the years due to many injuries

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when I was a kid, like 8 or 10 yrs old, a group of us were going down a steep hill really fast and one of us hit an old lady and she flew in the air cartwheeling like you see in cartoons. I don't know what happened cuz I took off. I should have stopped to help both of them but I was scared I guess.
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Last summer I was riding a 2 day group ride to the coast for charity. We were in a double paceline of about 30 riders and I was on the shoulder side of the road. A guy 2 spots in front of me wasn't paying attention and went off the should at around 25. He went over the bars and hit the ground harder than I've ever seen anyone before. His bike became airborn after bouncing off the ground and flew into the guy in front of me with the wheels above the nadlebars. He actually stayed upright as he was able to literally bat the bike away with his right arm. How we all didn't go down is still a mystery to me. I thought we were all going to die.
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So first off worst crash I've ever seen. My dad and I we're driving back from Florida and we passed a one motorcycle accident. The motorcyclist was cradling a lady in his arms and crying hysterically in the middle of the road. We just came through an extremely thick freak rain storm that lasted maybe 10 or 15 minutes. So I guess he hit that going to fast and lost control. A solo sheriff deputy was directing traffic around the guy. When we drove by we noticed that she wasn't moving at all and just looked like she was gone.

The second worst was when I was on I-75 on the Georgia Tennessee border and traffic was at a stand still for almost an hour. I mean absolute standstill as in my speedometer sat at 0. Eventually a lifeline helicopter took off about a quarter mile up the road and we started moving. A semi had rear ended a truck in front of it and went through the trailer and almost up into the cab of the forward truck. I'm guessing the rear driver didn't survive and the med-evac was for the front trucker. I'm actually shocked anyone was alive enough to need an airlift at all.

I witnessed the after math of a road cyclist in racing kit hit a pedestrian on the Brooklyn Bridge about five years ago. The NYPD and FDNY was there and we're loading the pedestrian into a stretcher. I didn't get a very good look at him but what I did see was rather bloody. The cyclist was on the ground and had a bloody face. There was a 3 or 4 foot section of the bicycle and pedestrian path where there was blood everywhere. I've never seen so much blood in my life. I'm not sure who is at fault. My gut reaction is both. The pedestrian for going into the bike path and the cyclist for going to fast for the very crowded bridge on a nice day.

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A bus took out a guy riding the wrong way on a bike at a corner. The cyclist died at the scene.
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Only crash worth mentioning that happened while I was there was behind me. I only heard the thud.

I did see the aftermath of a guy who went down where the Beach Bike path turns onto Fiji Way in the marina. I hope it was just caution that had them taking him away on a back board.
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