Farmer, 55, hit by lorry as he chases runaway cow on quad bike

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A farmer feared he was dead after he was hit by a lorry whilst chasing a cow.

Chris Jones was airlifted to a Stoke-on-Trent hospital when a truck smashed into him as he driving his quad bike after the beast.

One of his cows had escaped and was making a break for it when Chris set out after him.

The farmer said he could see the lorry coming on the A5 in Welshpool, but the torrential downpours meant the road was slippery and he couldn’t get out the way.

The 55-year-old was left struggling to breath and thought that his time was up, StokeonTrentLive reports.

But he miraculously cheated death and sensationally made a full recovery.

He said: “It was the most horrific day and was torrential rain and one of the cows got out. I could see the lorry coming and just wanted to get it out of the way.

"I managed it but then jumped on the quad bike to move out of the way but because it was so wet it just kept spinning and I was hit by the lorry.”

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Chris was knocked out following the impact with the lorry and suffered injuries to both sides of his head and a collapsed lung.

He was airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

The keen quad biker added: “Once I was in hospital I was quite frightened about not being able to breathe but once my lung was inflated again, I felt much better.

"The care was fantastic from everyone and there is absolutely nowhere else in the country you would want to go or need to be if you are involved in any kind of accident.”

He went on: “I really believe that when your time is up, your time is up and people have got off a lot worse than me in much smaller accidents. I was exceptionally lucky and have to look on the bright side because I am still here."

His close call with death will be retold in a Channel 5 documentary, 999 Critical Condition, at 9pm tonight, (October 22).

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