A cyclist who crashed into a car at high speed has shared terrifying footage of the collision which left him with broken bones and a punctured lung.
Matt Brammeier, of Derbyshire, was cycling in an American race when he ploughed head-on into a car as spectators watched in horror.
The force of the impact flipped him off his bike and into the back of the car, and left him lying on the side of the road with a broken pelvis and ribs, and a punctured lung.
Mr Brammeier, 32, has told Derbyshire Live he was not told about the possible long-term side effects of the concussion that resulted from the 2015 crash – which can include attention-span and memory problems.
Now he is running the London Marathon with his wife Nikki to raise money for brain injury charity Headway, to help their campaign to raise awareness about concussion symptoms.
Mr Brammeier's crash, during the Tour of Utah, came out of nowhere, he said.
“Everything was running perfectly and I was really happy and enjoying my cycling. I had just crested the penultimate mountain and I was just behind the first group of cyclists.
“Only a kilometre into the descent some race cars ended up in my way at a series of technical and fast bends.
“I ended up colliding with a race vehicle at a pretty high speed.
"Luckily I don't remember anything about the accident. My last memory before the crash was coming into the corner. After that I don't remember anything until I came around in hospital a few hours later."
Mr Brammeier, who is originally from Liverpool, said he was given brain scans to look for bleeding but he was never told that he may have concussion, or that he may suffer long-term effects.
It was only when his wife, also a professional cyclist, suffered an accident at the Cyclo-cross Championships in 2016 that he realised how dangerous concussions can be.
Mrs Brammeier said: “I saw first-hand some of the long-term effects it can leave and we realised how badly Matt’s concussion was mistreated a year previous.
“From then onwards Matt and I have both been trying as hard as possible to raise awareness of the impact a concussion can have both within sport and everyday life.”
Mr Brammeier has not yet suffered any serious long-term effects from his crash, and he said his wife was “well on the way to a full recovery”.
The Erewash couple will run the London Marathon on Sunday, April 28. Readers can donate here .
For more information about brain injuries or to find support, visit www.headway.org.uk.
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