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Cyclist and pedestrian are injured in accident

By Kent and Sussex Courier  |  Posted: February 01, 2013

By Craig Saunders craig.saunders@courier.co.uk

  • QUICK ACTION: Student nurse Beula Clarkson helped the accident victims

  • AFTERMATH: The scene at the junction of London Road and Church Road on Saturday morning after a cyclist hit a pedestrian Photo by Mark Roe

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THE air ambulance was called to a busy Tunbridge Wells road after a serious crash between a cyclist and a pedestrian.

The junction of London Road and Church Road was brought to a standstill at about 7.45am on Saturday when a man riding a bike hit a woman crossing the road.

Trainee nurse Beula Clarkson happened to be passing and leapt into action.

The 27-year-old Dornden Drive resident said: "I pulled up to the traffic lights and it must have just happened.

"A lorry had stopped and I thought 'what the hell has that stopped for?' Then I saw someone on the ground.

"I am a trainee nurse so I went over there and did my assessment.

"The woman was lying in the road and the man was half in the road and on the pavement.

"He was a few metres away from his bike, so he must have flown in the air a considerable way.

"A qualified nurse also showed up, so we took one patient each.

"I looked after the woman. She was very dazed but to be fair she came round fairly quickly.

"It was important to calm them down and make sure they weren't moving.

"It looked pretty bad.

"The woman had a nasty wound on her head; the man had a helmet on so I don't know how bad he was because we left it on."

The air ambulance was called and landed on The Common but was not needed, with both cyclist and pedestrian taken to hospital by ambulance, each suffering from head and chest injuries.

Traffic was at a standstill for about 90 minutes.

A spokesman for Kent Police said: "It was reported a cyclist was in collision with a pedestrian.

"The male cyclist suffered chest injuries and cuts to his head, while the pedestrian, a woman, had chest and head injuries.

"They were looked after on scene by a responder and an off-duty nurse before air ambulance arrived to take them to Tunbridge Wells Hospital. Neither had life-threatening injuries.

"Church Road with the junction of London Road was closed as was London Road with the junction of Vale Road and were both re-opened at 9.15am."

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