Video: Lucky Escape

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Video: Lucky Escape

A motorcyclist has published a video of the moment when he rode off one of Britain’s most dangerous roads and dropped down a 40-foot hill luckily escaping with only minor injuries.

Jack Sanderson was on his Kawasaki Ninja riding on a notorious section of the A537 road in the Derbyshire Peak District. The weather was clear and conditions were dry, but Sanderson admitted he got impatient and went to accelerate around a corner to pass a friend on another bike, but crossed the dividing line to meet a Honda car coming the other way.

A Go-Pro camera fitted to Sanderson’s helmet captured the moment as took avoiding action and was thrown off his bike and then repeatedly somersaulted down the hill.

Sanderson said: ‘I was going round the corner and I was going wider and wider and wider. When I saw the first bit of the car I knew I was in trouble. My bike stayed at the top of the ridge and I continued down the hill. If my bike had followed me and crushed me, I would not be standing here today.”

After finding himself at the bottom of the hill, Sanderson got to his feet and walked back up to his motorcycle. His only injuries were mild concussion and a cut hand, which was caused when he grabbed some barbed wire on his walk back up the hill.

Sanderson added: “I can’t believe I walked out of that with not even a broken bone. When I went over the ridge I was like a helicopter spinning.”

The A537 road has one of the highest fatalities rates of any road in Europe. There were 44 serious or fatal crashes on the seven-mile stretch of road between 2007 and 2011. Between 2002 and 2006, there were 35.

Now 21-year-old Sanderson has published footage of his crash on YouTube as a warning to other motorcyclists. He added: “It’s worth sharing the video on YouTube, if it stops others making the same mistake as me.”

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  • Jonathan Berndt

    now thats what i call a camera!!

  • Mark Vizcarra

    My armchair experience tells me his eyes were fixated on the car after the turn. Easily avoidable

    • Send Margaritas

      ^ That, you can see he was looking right, toward the car, with the angle the helmet cam was on.

    • Bernhard

      He also stopped committing to the turn even before he could see the car (added to his his hopeless entry line). Even if the car was not there, he still would have ended up outside the road. He froze, and did nothing to effectively change direction. Has happened to me a lot, but practiced to get rid of that survival reaction before trying to break the sound barrier. Everything looks so clear from my armchair ;)

  • East-West Brothers Garage

    Talk about one lucky SOB. That could have ended much worse than just a mangled bike.

  • 200 Fathoms

    Subtitle: How I Made My Black Gear Brown On The Inside.

  • Tupack Shackur

    Gotta love the motorcycle being tailgated around 0:58.

  • Heath Collins

    What a jerk. I feel sorry for the driver of the car who, I’m sure, almost peed on themselves.

  • Jack Meoph

    He blew the corner and he didn’t die. Sport Rider editor Kent Kunitsugu made the point in his editorial recently that riding (and more specifically, hanging off the bike) on the street like your fave MotoGP * is a stupid and a sometimes dangerous proposition, which this vid illustrates. Look how small that road is, and who in their right mind would try to rampage around on it? One of the first rules of riding on the street is ………stay in your lane. If you’re riding near, on, or over the dividing line, whether it’s broken or not, you’re either going to fast, or you simply lack the sufficient skill to be riding a motorcycle. Either way, time for a reality check, get more training or slow the f%&k down.

    • Brian Collins

      Wait! Is riding fast on the street dangerous???? Should I save it for the track? Thanks for the post dude! You might of just saved my life

      • Davidabl2

        Riding beyond your current skill level is certainly more dangerous on the street than it is on the track.

    • Davidabl2

      I think I’d put it slightly differently: “riding too fast for your skill level’ As to being over the yellow line..I think of it as “being in a place where you have a very short half-life” A thirty year old’s half-life is normally measured in decades..over the yellow it’s measured in hours. At best.

    • Kaspar Lau

      If he had really hanged off the bike and looked where he should be going, he wouldn’t have balled out to the other lane…but obviously he was riding faster than he could.

  • Jeremy

    He HAD THAT! He was back in his own lane, easily taking that corner, and then, “OH WOT? A CAH?”. I agree with the other guys here who claim target fixation, it’s like he was either too focused on the headlights or looking for that next right. That’s not even a good place to be set up for the next corner, no reason he should have crossed over again. Glad he learned something, and I hope that honda driver was completely OK.

  • MichaelEhrgott

    He could not have blown that corner more. Sheesh. He was nicely set up for it actually. Shoulda put the chin to the bars and looked as far left as he could and he would’ve made it.

  • notfishing

    Well Jack did one thing right, he chose to bail rather than hit the car.

  • george

    Look, the problem is their all riding/driving on the wrong side of the road. No wonder he crashed.

  • Hooligan

    Ahh yes the infamous Cat & Fiddle road zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. A place where idiots go to get caught out. The nearby Snake Pass is a better ride, but everybody HAS to do the Cat & Fiddle. Despite a huge police presence and average speed cameras.

  • Daniel

    Now if that was reversed and the car had crossed over… he would not be alive and it probably would not have been aired.I would be surprised that the number of incidents where a car crosses over happens less.

    The vilification of riders continues.

    • labradog1

      Calling stupidity out isn’t vilification, it’s accuracy.

      • Daniel

        Disproportionally biased reporting on rider mistakes says different.Although stupidity is a human condition no one escapes entirely,especially riders…just learn to pick your spots better.

        • Tom Gabriele

          If it was just a helmet cam video of a Ride Where Everything Goes Well, it wouldn’t really be a story.

          Disproportionately reporting on rider mistakes provides cautionary tales for the rest of us.

        • RyYYZ

          I would be willing to bet that more motorcycles crash due to running wide and losing control than due to cars crossing the line.
          Pretending that rider error is not a major (the majority?) cause of motorcycle accidents (especially on rural roads) is stupid.

          • Daniel

            Ok so let’s throw out “fault” statistics where a bike collides with a car…shall we?The point is when a bike is at fault were grouped into “them bikers”…”outlaws” …”rebels”.When it’s the car’s fault it’s more or less excused and doesn’t get the same level of attention.Eventually laws will get tougher on bikers because of it.

            How many here would pay $500/non sport or $1200/sportbike a season to ride.How many would give up riding if their state adopted a mandatory helmet law or were forced to wear proper gear and or a bright neon riding vest?Many would give up riding on the street and that’s just how they want it.Let’s leave out how I’m often shocked at the anti ABS/electronic aid comments.Yet this is how some of us ride right now because it’s the law or it will eventually make it to your congress rep.Most of this isn’t because we occasionally “run wide” solo off a cliff now is it?

    • Davidabl2

      If it had been reversed, the recording would be in a police evidence locker right now.

  • Justin Henry

    the corner was much sharper than he anticipated. he’s pretty brave to post his douchebaggery on the interwebs.

  • labradog1

    Hats off to Sanderson for doing something so stupid – and poorly – yet posting the vid so others might wise up sooner than he did.

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  • Davidabl2

    Viewing “Lucky Escape” I am reminded about the old saying that you begin life with an empty bag of experience in one hand and a full bag of luck in the other..
    and you have to hope that the experience bag gets filled up before the luck bag gets empty. Too bad that there’s no way to look into your “luck bag” to see if there’s any that hasn’t been used up already.

  • Lord Triumph

    It’s a fantastic road. One of the best in Europe for bikes. The rider didn’t realise that particular corner tightens aggressively and he didn’t compensate for his error. By the way the 50mph limit they imposed on this road cannot be properly enforced because the idiots at the council who planned the locations of the SPECS average speed camera system forgot about an adjoining road meaning if a vehicle uses it the system can give a false overall average speed. So, they turned them all off!

  • Κακος Λυκος

    This is not the biker’s fault,it’s the curve of the road..if you look closely as the turn starts the rate of turn of the curve jumps dramatically,of course he couldn’t have predicted this….how can he see when he is already in the turn…he had it,but he isn’t a missile to turn however this crazy road demands….

    • RyYYZ

      If you’re riding into a corner so fast that you can’t tighten up your line when you discover that the corner tightens, it’s your fault. Period.