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Last Updated: Saturday, 20 August 2005, 16:47 GMT 17:47 UK
Girl's leg impaled in bike crash
Firefighters used cutting equipment to help free a girl whose leg had become impaled on the brake lever of her bicycle in North Somerset on Saturday.

The girl, believed to be about 12-years-old, is understood to have fallen from the bike, impaling her thigh on the lever.

A spokeswoman for Avon Fire and Rescue said crews were able to cut the handlebars off the bicycle.

The girl was taken to hospital following the accident in Worle.

Station Officer Peter Coombs, from Weston-super-Mare, said the incident was one of the most unusual he had been involved in.

"We were called by the ambulance service who were attending to a girl who had fallen off her bike.

The cutters we used were the same things we use to cut the roofs off car
Station Officer Peter Coombs

"The brake lever had actually impaled in her thigh up to its hilt. She must have hit down on it fairly hard."

Mr Coombs said the injury was not bleeding too much but it was decided not to remove the brake lever at the scene of the accident in Gilberyn Drive.

"We had to use cutting equipment to remove half the handlebar and taped the rest of it to her leg so it didn't move.

"The cutters we used were the same things we use to cut the roofs off cars.

"We put a screen and a blanket up so she couldn't see what we were doing because the cutters look a bit daunting.

"But the paramedics had given her pain relief and she was very comfortable and relaxed during the procedure."

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