Jeremy Vine 'lucky to be alive' after escaping death in horror bike accident

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Jeremy Vine 'lucky to be alive' after escaping death in horror bike accident

Jeremy Vine has revealed that he feels 'lucky to be alive' after surviving a freak accident. The broadcaster has revealed that he almost fell to his death from nine-feet up while on his Penny Farthing and the incident ended with him falling directly on his head.

The TV star, 58, accidentally rode his bicycle over some grass and hit a divot before he fell from the huge height and was left unconscious after the horror accident. Jeremy has confessed that he feels lucky to have working limbs, insisting that it's a miracle he didn't end up with worse injuries after the 'Olympic-style' fall.

Although Jeremy was wearing a helmet at the time of the incident, the broadcaster has no memory of any of it happening after the accident was wiped from his memory when he landed on his head. Opening up about the horrific accident on the How To Be 60 podcast, Jeremy recalled: "I had a near-death experience a year ago where I fell off, I mean it is ridiculous, I fell off a Penny Farthing.

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"I had been learning to ride a Penny Farthing. It's brilliant because everybody laughs and stares – it's great. However, the one thing nobody said to me is if it stops suddenly, you are only going one place. You are going over the handlebars, that's it. And your head is nearly nine feet up," he told. "I was knocked out, but the person who saw it said it was like something from the Olympics."

"He said at one point, 'You were a star shape and upside down mid-air'. So I hit the ground, I was wearing a helmet but that's kind of irrelevant. All the air was knocked out of me. I was knocked out. And I couldn't remember any of it."

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Jeremy went on to confess that he believes it's a miracle that he wasn't in any way permanently damaged after the fall as he recognises the severity of the accident. The TV star has confessed that he feels 'lucky' to have not ended up in a wheelchair after falling from the huge height.

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"Amazingly, I went to A&E, and they did every kind of test – X-Rays, MRIs," Jeremy said on the podcast. "And yeah, I was right as rain. I thought okay, you only have that amount of luck once. Because that really could have ended up with me using a wheelchair for the rest of my life or only communicating by blinking."

Jeremy first took up his Penny Farthing hobby a number of years ago with his brother Tim. The broadcaster spent one month learning how to cycle the antique-style bicycle and has never looked back since. Even after his horror accident, Jeremy was back on his beloved bike just six days later.

Susan Knox

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