As someone who has been riding motorbikes now for 23 years, when I first heard about this accident (via a follower) involving a motorcyclist and a tank, then I assumed the worst.
Anyone who rides motorbikes (excluding anything under 250cc obviously…) will tell you that the biking fraternity is a brother and a sisterhood – you’ll often see motorcyclists waving to each other (unless one of them is riding a BMW, in which case, they won’t wave back).
Any road traffic accident involving a motorbike Vs tank, lets face it, will never end well for the rider of the motorbike.
Whereas the soldiers in the tank probably didn’t even initially notice the impact!
However, thankfully, the injuries sustained by the motorcyclist in this accident are not thought to be life-threatening or life-changing.
A post shared on Dorset Polices’ social media account said:
‘Officers are appealing for witnesses after a collision between a tank and a motorcycle near Wareham.
‘Dorset Police was called at 11.29am today, Monday 15 October 2018, to the collision along the A352 at Holmebridge.
‘The motorcyclist sustained a suspected fracture to his arm and leg and was taken to Poole Hospital. His injuries are not thought to be life-changing or life-threatening.
‘The driver of the Warrior tank was uninjured.
‘Road closures were put in place to allow emergency services to deal with the incident.’
Police Sergeant Mark Scammell, of the traffic unit, said:
“I am appealing to anyone who witnessed the manner of driving or riding of either vehicle prior to the collision, or anyone who saw the collision and has not yet spoken with officers, to please contact Dorset Police.
“I would also ask anyone with any relevant dashcam footage to come forward.”
One follower replied to the post by saying:
‘I shouldn’t laugh and I’m seriously pleased that the motor cyclist wasn’t badly injured but really……”the driver of the warrior tank was uninjured”????’
Responding to some of the comments which have been made, the sister of the injured motorcyclist, Carley Porter said:
‘The motorcyclist is my brother. He has broken bones and is still in hospital under sedation.
‘I also don’t know how he managed to crash with a tank guess I’ll find out when he wakes up.
‘As much as I can understand and appreciate people seeing the humour in it, please remember he is people’s family and it could’ve ended very differently today.
‘We are just grateful he’s still alive to tell the tale.
‘Physically we don’t know what impact this may have, he is a chef so obviously will be out of work until he is healed and hoping there is no lasting damage.’
The motorbike in the featured image is just a random one pulled off of the internet and has no (known) resemblance to the motorbike involved in the accident and is just for illustration purposes only.
The crew of a Warrior tanks usually comprises the driver, seated in the front hull, and the gunner and commander, who are both seated in the turret.
The embarked infantry section can number up to seven soldiers, who are seated facing each other in the rear hull compartment.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 101, quoting incident number 15:131.
Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or viawww.crimestoppers-uk.org.
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