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Terrifying moment cyclist, 27, was sent flying into the air after being hit by a car

This is the terrifying moment a cyclist was sent flying into the air after being hit by a car going the wrong way round a roundabout.

Photographer Jack Schofield, 27,  escaped with his life after colliding with a car which appeared to cut straight across a mini roundabout in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire on Thursday.

Video of the incident show Mr Schofield, from Leeds, being sent into the air along with his bike, which he says is now 'trashed'. He avoided any serious injuries but was left extremely bruised and shaken.

Photographer Jack Schofield, 27, escaped with his life after colliding with a car which appeared to cut straight across a mini roundabout in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire on Thursday 

Video of the incident show Mr Schofield, from Leeds, being sent into the air along with his bike, which he says is now 'trashed'. He avoided any serious injuries but was left extremely bruised and shaken

The long-distance triathlete is hoping his lucky escape can help warn other drivers to drive carefully when cyclists are near

The long-distance triathlete is hoping his lucky escape can help warn other drivers to drive carefully when cyclists are near.

He said: 'I'm really lucky, it's phenomenal I wasn't more injured. Ninety-five per cent of the time the outcome is the cyclist doesn't walk away, but I think I've broken my toe and that's about it.

'There was a mini roundabout - one of the painted ones. I'm coming in to turn right and the car is coming from my left.

'But rather than letting me go or going around the driver has come the wrong way and drove straight into me. We crashed head on. She's treated it as though there was no roundabout.'

Mr Schofield was able to get back up and sit down nearby to catch his breath, with witnesses soon crowding round to check his condition

An ambulance was called, and he spent five hours at Queens Hospital in Burton-on-Trent

Mr Schofield was able to get back up and sit down nearby to catch his breath, with witnesses soon crowding round to check his condition.

An ambulance was called, and he spent five hours at Queens Hospital in Burton-on-Trent.

'The photos are grabbing, and I want drivers to see and think before they cut a corner or overtake a cyclist,' he said. 'If can get one person to think twice about cutting a roundabout that's a success.

'I've had friends who aren't that lucky - as a cyclist you're just so vulnerable. I'm incredibly sore, bruised and shaken - but luckily there was no lasting damage.

'I'm so immensely lucky to have walked away with nothing broken - there are countless scenarios where people barely walk away or come off much worse than me.' 

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