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The Telegraph
Ewan Somerville

Dan Walker 'glad to be alive' after bike crash with car

Dan Walker suffered the nasty accident on Monday
Dan Walker suffered the nasty accident on Monday

Dan Walker has said he is "glad to be alive" after being hit by a car while cycling.

The Channel 5 presenter, 45, shared an image with a bloodied face in the back of an ambulance on Monday morning.

Paramedics and police attended to the ex-BBC Breakfast star, who became known for frequenting the red sofa and fronting Football Focus

He tweeted: "Bit of an accident this morning. Glad to be alive after getting hit by a car on my bike.

Dan Walker was treated by paramedics - @mrdanwalker
Dan Walker was treated by paramedics - @mrdanwalker

"Face is a mess but I don’t think anything is broken. Thanks to Shaun and Jamie for sorting me out and the lovely copper at the scene."

Pointing out his injuries, Mr Walker added: "This is my smiling. Thankful for our NHS."

It is unclear where the accident happened or whether he was taken to hospital. 

Jeremy Vine, the Channel 5 and BBC Radio 2 presenter who frequently posts videos on social media from his bicycle helmet of close calls with motorists in London cycle lanes, was among the colleagues and fans to wish him well.

He tweeted: "Dan, so sorry to hear this. Looks really painful. Hoping for a good recovery. Sending love."

Mr Walker left his £295,000-a-year role at BBC Breakfast to become lead anchor on 5 News last year, joining Andrew Marr, Jon Sopel and Emily Maitlis in an exodus from the corporation.

He recently hosted a Channel 5 documentary titled 'Vanished: Where is Nicola Bulley?' in which he interviewed Paul Ansell, the partner of the missing mother-of-two. 

Mr Walker, a married father-of-three, is often based in the north of England and commuted from Sheffield to Salford studios for BBC Breakfast. 

He made the quarter-finals of Strictly Come Dancing in 2021 with his pro partner Nadiya Bychkova.

It comes after Mr Walker's colleague Mr Vine was taken to A&E last February when he fell eight feet from his penny-farthing.

It left him “knocked out cold for a minute or two” when he landed on his head while riding on the grass, but after a visit to Charing Cross Hospital in London he recovered with only a temporary black eye.

Separately, last week, the pro-cyclist Mr Vine entered into his latest row with drivers after he filmed a motorist who he said "needs a refresher driving course" for cutting him up in a bike lane.

It prompted drivers to accuse Mr Vine of being unsafe by wearing all black in the video, viewed 21 million times on Twitter, to which he hit back: "The latest petrosexual fantasy is that they can force cyclists to wear bright clothes and lights even in broad daylight. No one mentions painting cars yellow."

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