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Kiwi Triathlete Survives Serious Accident

  • By Triathlete.com
  • Published Jul 13, 2011

Kiwi triathlete Tony Dodds recovering after major crash while training in Germany.

New Zealand elite triathlete Tony Dodds is counting his blessings after avoiding serious injuries when colliding with a car while training in Germany.

Dodds is presently based in Darmstadt in the build-up to this weekend’s leg of the world championship series in Hamburg.

He is recovering today after a crash saw him launched through the back windscreen of a car while training on his bike.

The 24-year-old lost a lot of blood and ended up with 12 stitches around his elbow due to cuts from the windscreen that narrowly missed severing an artery.

“As I was coming down a slight hill we were about to pass a parked van but the car in front of me decided not to and jammed on his brakes, but it was too late and I slammed on my brakes and went flying through the back windscreen shattering it,” Dodds said.

He ended up with his torso through the rear windscreen of the car and his legs hanging out the back.

As soon as he got over the initial shock he noticed blood pouring out of multiple wounds in his right arm with glass all around him.

Read more: New Zealand Herald

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