A teenage cyclist is lucky to be alive after an air conditioning unit fell on him last week.
Ryan Reynolds, 15, was cycling through Tansley when the large metal evaporator unit fell off the back of a truck and pinned him to the ground.
The accident happened at around 9.50am on Tuesday, July 26 on the A615 at the junction with Church Street.
Passing motorists stopped their cars and rushed to Ryan’s aid, wrapping him in blankets and calling an ambulance.
Paramedics called Ryan’s parents who attended the scene, before Ryan was taken to Chesterfield Royal Hospital with a fractured shoulder blade and major concussion.
His mum Helen said: “It’s one of those moments where your heart just stops. Nothing prepares you for a call saying your child has been knocked off his bike and is lying at the side of the road, it’s like your world temporarily stops.
Dad Stephen said: “We got the call and we just dropped everything and shot straight up to the accident. He was in shock, he didn’t recognise anybody, he didn’t know where he was.
“The paramedics got him on a body board and took him to Chesterfield, where he spent 24 hours under observation. That’s when we found out he had a fractured shoulder blade.” It was a sleepless night for the family as doctors were worried about the level of pain Ryan was suffering as he was not responding well to painkillers. But fortunately he was able to return home the next day.
Helen said: “It could have been so much worse. The unit was massive and it crushed the front wheel of his bike. He has been very lucky to escape with the injuries he has.
“He doesn’t want his bike any more, but other than that I think he’s going to be okay. It was a day from hell that I wouldn’t wish on anybody.”
Dad Stephen said: “His summer holiday’s pretty ruined. He was going to go away to see some relatives, but now he’s just got to stay indoors, he can’t really do anything.
“He’s got to go back to hospital for x-rays every week to make sure it’s healing right, and he’s on lots of painkillers.
“The people who stopped to help him couldn’t do enough for him with blankets and calling the ambulance. A woman from Leicester stopped her car and helped him out and there were others as well. We can’t thank those people enough. “
The driver of the lorry, a 59-year-old man from Chesterfield, has been reported for summons at court.