M20 bridge collapse biker: “My first thought was for my crushed MT-07!”


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The biker who was injured when a pedestrian bridge collapsed on to the M20 last Saturday has admitted that in the immediate aftermath of the devastation his first thoughts were for his crushed Yamaha MT-07.

Jim Shaw, 73, of Thamesmead, South East London, suffered five broken ribs when the footbridge near Maidstone was hit by a lorry carrying a digger.

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Shaw said that he was travelling at 70mph and: “Chaos broke loose. Bits were flying everywhere.

“I moved to the outside lane. There was only one place to go. I threw the bike on the floor and went under. Speaking to the broadcaster from his hospital bed in Tunbridge Wells, Shaw said: “I was riding down the motorway, enjoying life as it goes by and then I saw that the bridge was coming down, almost like in slow motion, because it’s eating its way through the lorry.

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“But then it tore away from the other side. As that came down, it was a matter of throw the bike on the floor and go for it. I’ve a few broken ribs, but they mend.

“My first thought when I came to rest was, ‘Oh well, there goes my bike’. It was a great bike.”

 

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