Cyclist cheats death on Solomon Mahlangu Drive

A cyclist fighting for his life on Monday.

A cyclist hooked to the back of a truck had a close shave when was dragged along Solomon Mahlangu Drive on Monday.

“Other motorists managed to stop the truck by hooting and driving in front of it,” said witness and Remax realtor Nicol van der Walt.

Van der Walt was driving from Silverlakes when he came accross the drama in the east of Pretoria around 07:35.

He noticed a man hooked to the back of a truck trying to keep his feet from touching the ground as he was being dragged along.

“I think the cyclist on his way to work was hooked by a protruding piece from the truck that latched onto his reflector jacket.”

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He said the rod pulled the cyclist off his bicycle and the cyclist was being dragged.

“The driver kept driving unaware.”

Van der Walt said the cyclist continued to pull his feet off the ground to avoid being dragged.

He held on as other motorists tried to stop the truck driver.

“A motorist eventually caught the attention of the truck bringing it to a halt.”

He said the cyclist was not severely injured but had a few scrapes and bruises.

“Another motorist luckily picked up his bicycle and could hand it to him.”

Van der Walt said a surprising turn in events was him seeing the cyclist cycle past him when he was parked near a petrol station for fuel.

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“When I was about to pull out of the petrol station, here was the same cyclist riding past me again.”

He said the cyclist was in a state of shock after the ordeal.

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