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Paralympic hero is injured in car crash

Mytholmroyd hand cyclist Karen Darke is competing in the London 2012 Paralympics

Mytholmroyd hand cyclist Karen Darke is competing in the London 2012 Paralympics

Mytholmroyd Paralympian Karen Darke is “lucky to be alive” after being hit by a car while out training in Cumbria.

The former Calder High School pupil, who won a silver medal in hand cycling at the London 2012 Paralympics, was on a training run near Penrith last Tuesday (June 4) when she was hit by a car. It is understood that her low-slung hand-cycle was hit from behind and the car went over one side of her machine.

Karen, who is recovering in Cumberland Infirmary, suffered nerve damage as a result of the incident and is receiving treatment to arm, neck and shoulder injuries.

But her dad, Mike, said she should make a full recovery in “two to sixth months”.

Mr Darke said: “She’s a very lucky woman. It could have been a lot worse. She’s lucky the car didn’t land on top of her.” The driver, a 57-year-old man from Penrith, was not injured in the collision near Clifton Dykes.

Cumbria Police is investigating the incident.

 

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