Cyclist Appeals For Witnesses After Being Ran Off The Road In Wigan
Injured Cyclist Seeks Witnesses
A cyclist was training on country lanes near Wigan last Thursday when a lorry driver forced her into a ditch and ‘left her for dead’.
Alison Saunders, a retired company director from Bolton, was ‘cut up’ by an overtaking lorry.
The experienced cyclist and former triathlon competitor was forced off her bike landing in a ditch around Haigh Hall suffering severe bruising to her face and the left side of her body along with a fractured collarbone.
Following the incident, another driver pulled up to assist her, but the lorry didn’t stop and continued driving off in the direction of Wigan
Now she’s appealing for help to trace the lorry driver. The mother-of-two was taken to Wigan Infirmary by ambulance and treated for her injuries, which were so severe that she was unable to attend her mother’s funeral four days later.
Alison said: “The lorry driver had been following me for a way and pulled out to overtake me but then started to move in straight away giving me nowhere else to go.
“I either went off the road or under the rear wheels and would have been killed. The driver knew I was there, I was even wearing a high-vis vest and, thank goodness, a helmet which saved my life.
“The driver just carried on, even though they must have known I had been run off the road. I am so grateful to the man who did stop to help me, calling an ambulance and the police.”
Alison had been due to attend her mother’s funeral on Monday but was immobile and in far too much pain to travel to the service in Durham.
She said: “That is what upsets me the most – as I came off my bike the only thing I could think of was that I would not be able to go to her funeral.”
The incident happened at around 12 noon on Thursday and Alison is hoping any witnesses will now come forward. While the following van driver did not manage to get a full registration the vehicle was a light-coloured, possibly white or cream, 12-tonne box van style vehicle with black lettering on the sides.
A GMP spokesman said: “Shortly before 11.45am on Thursday 13 October, police were called to the junction of Meadowpit Lane and Riley Lane, Haigh, Wigan, to reports of a collision
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