Cycling race support car crashes into traffic island, narrowly misses volunteer

Cycling race support car crashes into traffic island, narrowly misses volunteer

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Cycling race support car crashes into traffic island, narrowly misses volunteer

A volunteer flag marshal at the Tour de Yorkshire cycling race in northern England avoided tragedy at the last moment by leaping out of the way of a support car that came crashing through the traffic island on which he was standing.

“I am still thinking how close it was, but luckily I do not have a scratch,” Phillip Sullivan, 35, told the BBC on Monday.

The incident occurred Sunday in Leeds during the final stage of the four-day race.

Moments before the support car crashes into the traffic island. Photo is a screen grab.

A spectator was videotaping the cyclists coming around a corner when the support car from the Luxembourg-based Astana team drove straight into the traffic island.

“It felt like it was in slow motion and it was sheer luck the car missed,” Sullivan told the BBC.

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Sullivan’s mother witnessed the crash and realized her son was unscathed when he returned to his position on the decimated traffic island to continue his flag marshaling duties.

Sullivan said he “knew the riders were coming and I had a job to do…

“But I do want it investigated. I don’t want something like this to ever happen again and it to lead to someone getting killed.”

The Astana team phoned Sullivan to say it was “deeply sorry.” The incident is being investigated.

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