Heart-stopping moment e-scooter rider crashes into a road sweeper after crossing the street

Heart-stopping moment e-scooter rider crashes into a road sweeper after crossing the street while traffic lights were still green

  • The crash happened on the Eurolink Industrial estate in Sittingbourne, Kent
  • The e-scooter drove in front of the road sweeper at a green traffic light 
  • No injuries were reported and the e-scooter rider took full responsibility

Shocking footage shows an e-scooter driving out in front of a road sweeper and the rider collapsing onto the floor. 

The driver on the e-scooter decided to cross the street while the traffic lights were still green, leading to a collision between the vehicles on the Eurolink Industrial estate in Sittingbourne, Kent. 

He attempted to drive past, unaware of oncoming traffic, but found himself right in front of the street sweeper before being overturned and landing on his right shoulder. 

The sweeper, which was in the right-hand lane, was driving straight ahead at the green traffic light before the e-scooter sped out in front of it. 

The e-scooter driver drove across the street while the traffic lights were still green, leading to a collision with a road sweeper

The e-scooter driver drove across the street while the traffic lights were still green, leading to a collision with a road sweeper

The breathtaking moment as the rider tumbled onto the ground happened on the Eurolink Industrial estate in Sittingbourne, Kent, on November 24 at 11.47 am

The breathtaking moment as the rider tumbled onto the ground happened on the Eurolink Industrial estate in Sittingbourne, Kent, on November 24 at 11.47 am

The footage shows that on collision the scooter driver is hit by the centre of the sweeper and rolls onto the floor with his legs flying in the air. 

Miraculously, the rider instantly gets up on his feet before waving to the sweeper driver and picking up his scooter. 

No injuries were reported at the incident which happened on November 24 at 11.47 am.

The e-scooter rider landed on his shoulder as he dropped to the ground with his legs up in the air

The e-scooter rider landed on his shoulder as he dropped to the ground with his legs up in the air

Miraculously, the rider instantly got up on his feet before waving to the sweeper driver and picking up his scooter

Miraculously, the rider instantly got up on his feet before waving to the sweeper driver and picking up his scooter

A witness from the scene who caught the incident on video said: ‘My first thoughts were I just witnessed a serious injury or death but I was amazed when the e-scooter rider stood up 

‘My thoughts on e-scooters, I think they could be a good, cheap means of transport for many people, but there should be some sort of basic training similar to mopeds and a requirement for them to be insured and not ride on foot paths.

Thankfully, neither the rider or the sweeper driver were reported injured after the incident

Thankfully, neither the rider or the sweeper driver were reported injured after the incident

‘I hope the government will soon bring in legislation that will allow them to be used legally and safely on the roads.’

Since the incident, it has been confirmed that the scooter rider has admitted full responsibility.

HOW TO BE A SAFE E-SCOOTER RIDER

 Stay in your lane

Pavement riding is illegal, and scooting is only permitted on the road or in cycle lanes. Lime scooters have a max speed of 12.5mph and high-visibility reflectors.

Park your ride

Once you’ve finished your ride, always be sure to park it in an upright position in a designated parking bay. The rental apps will help you find a free spot.

Under 18? You’ll have to wait

Riders need to be 18 or over, and are required to verify their account by scanning their a or provisional driving licence when they first log into the app.

Don’t double up

E-scooters are designed for one person, so no tag teaming. The same goes for your luggage – hooking your bag onto the handlebars or on one shoulder, could affect your balance, so make sure to pack light.

Don’t drink and ride

Just like driving, it’s not only illegal, but dangerous too. To help new riders further get to grips with the capital’s latest transport option, Lime has launched a series of ‘First Ride Academies’ in participating boroughs. They have also worked with the AA to provide more safe riding resources via an online Driving School, Learn to Lime UK.

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