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Hornchurch cyclist reunited with first aiders after race crash

PUBLISHED: 14:09 10 June 2014 | UPDATED: 14:57 10 June 2014

Joe Higgins with Josh Tolson, Ross Dykes and Samantha Westwell

Joe Higgins with Josh Tolson, Ross Dykes and Samantha Westwell

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A cyclist who was injured in the legendary Milk Race has been reunited with the first aiders who rushed to help him after he collided with a barrier.

Joe Giggins, of Hornchurch, came off his bike shortly after the elite mens race started in Nottingham last month.

He fell head first, suffering facial injuries as well as damage to his teeth and ear, and the crash caused other riders to collide into the back of him, as medical staff rushed to his aid.

On Sunday, he met again with St John Ambulance operational cyclists Josh Tolson and Ross Dykes, who, along with off-duty doctor and paramedic Samantha Westwell, treated him at the scene.

Joe was taken to hospital as a precaution, but the accident was enough to rule him out for the afternoon.

He said: “I remember the start but after that I can’t remember much - the crash was only on the first lap. I remember waking up as if from a deep dream with somebody holding my head, and then on a spinal board in the ambulance.

“But I know if it wasn’t for those cycle responders I may have been a lot worse! I am very grateful to them and everyone that helped me.”

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