Cyclist fights for his life
RAW VISION: 26-year-old cyclist taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after being trapped under a truck in St Peters.PT0M22S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-37guo 620 349 April 30, 2014
A Sydney cyclist is in hospital with two broken legs and internal bleeding after he was trapped underneath an Australia Post delivery truck at St Peters on Wednesday.
Witnesses heard the screams of Anthony Platts-Baggs after he collided with the truck and was dragged under its wheels at the intersection of May Street and Princes Highway about 9am.
Paramedics and a medical team worked for about an hour to free the 26-year-old before he was taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital with what police described at the time as ''life-threatening injuries''.
The cyclist's damaged bike on the corner of May Street and Princes Highway. Photo: David McCowen
But several hours after the accident, Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club members said the cyclist was conscious and recovering in hospital.
''He's in hospital with a reported fractured pelvis and was conscious and reportedly in good humour before they took him off to surgery,'' a member posted on the club's Facebook page.
''All the best for a speedy recovery and best wishes from all your club mates. So many people recognised Anthony's bike from the media pics.''
Badly injured in crash: Anthony Platts-Baggs.
Police said the truck was turning left from Princes Highway into May Street on a green light when Mr Platts-Baggs collided with the rear of the truck.
Newtown police said they believed the cyclist may not have stopped at a crossing but investigations were continuing.
One witness told police they had to scream out to alert the driver.
The crash happened in front of Yiamas Greek Taverna. Owner Harry Kout said the operation to remove Mr Platts-Baggs from underneath the truck was ''pretty gruesome''.
''I could hear him, he was in pain. He screamed out a couple of times,'' Mr Kout said.
''He was quite pale, his whole body was quite pale, but we could see him move his hands.''
Mr Kout watched as emergency services worked to free the cyclist from underneath the wheel and axis of the truck.
''They had an oxygen mask over him,'' he said.
The 59-year-old man driving the truck was not injured but was taken to hospital to undergo mandatory blood and urine testing.
Police are appealing for people who witnessed the crash to come forward.