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Katherine Heslop

Dan Walker shares warning to fans as he issues new update after horror crash

Dan Walker says he's "thankful to still be here" as he returned from hospital after a car knocked him off his bike.

The former Strictly Come Dancing star also issued a reminder to fans to always wear their helmet when cycling, as he revealed his protective headgear saved his life.

The Channel 5 presenter, 45, said he had no memory of the crash but no bones were broken, after he earlier today shared photos of his bloodied and bruised face.

In an update on Instagram, Dan posted photos of himself giving a thumbs up, his smashed watch, ripped jeans and a selfie from the hospital.

In the update, he wrote: "Blown away by all the lovely messages. Thank you.

"Just got home from hospital. Battered and bruised but - amazingly - nothing broken.

Dan Walker shared a selfie from hospital (danwalker/Instagram)
Dan told fans he was recovering at home (danwalker/Instagram)

"Very thankful to still be here. I have no memory of anything and just remember coming round on the tarmac with paramedics & police around me."

Dan added: "Thanks for all your kindness. Jamie & Shaun were so great in the ambulance - not sure I was making much sense."

"Thanks to Conor the copper, Charlotte in x-ray & Hannah (in blue) for being so considerate & brilliant in such a busy A & E. So thankful for our NHS."

"The helmet I was wearing saved my life today so - if you’re on a bike - get one on your head."

Dan said his watch had been smashed in the crash (danwalker/Instagram)
His jeans had also been ripped (danwalker/Instagram)

Dan told fans that he had "smashed" his watch and phone, his bike is a mess and his trousers are ruined, but "I'm still here."

Signing off, Dan said he was being looked after by his dog, writing: "Currently eating soup through a straw and being looked after by a gorgeous, furry, tired nurse at the end of the sofa."

This morning, Dan uploaded a number of photos of himself in the back of ambulance to twitter.

The former BBC man praised the NHS for quickly coming to his aid after smashing into the ground.

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

"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. This is my smiling

"Thankful for our NHS."

Many were shocked by his graphic photos and sent him get well soon messages.

Fellow broadcaster Mark Clemmit told him: "Mate…..Much love from us."

One fan put: "Glad to hear you are in one piece: it must be terrifying. Take it easy."

Another told him: "Glad you are walking wounded Dan - it could have had a different ending. The NHS is amazing."

Dam who hosted BBC Breakfast from 2016, replaced Sian Williams as the lead anchor for 5 News after she announced she was stepping down last year.

This evening, while he recovers, Dan will be replaced by chief correspondent and presenter Tessa Champan.

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