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Trans-America charity ride ends in crash

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 13, 2012

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A gruelling charity bike ride across the USA ended within a few miles of the finish line for one team member after he was hit by a school bus.

Wayne Davey, a paramedic who works at RNAS Culdrose, near Helston, was just 65 miles short of completing the 3,100-mile ride when a bus cut across his path in Times Square, New York.

The 34-year-old, who hails from Penzance and is a former Cornwall Pirates hooker, suffered a broken arm and shoulder blade in the crash but said it was "insignificant" compared to what could have happened.

"It's pretty close to the finish, but we've had a chat about it and I was pretty close to going under the back wheels of the bus, so the injuries that I've sustained are pretty insignificant to what could have happened," he said.

Corporal Justin Morgan, a Royal Marine and fellow member of the search and rescue squadron at Culdrose, was also part of the group, which set off on September 24.

The remaining members of the cycling team, Ben Carthey and John Williams have now completed the 3,100-mile (5,000km) route, which started in San Diego.

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