Cyclist barely misses catastrophic collision with bus

British cyclist is lucky to be alive after barely missing catastrophic collision with a bus. Photo is a screen grab from the video

British cyclist is lucky to be alive after barely missing catastrophic collision with a bus.

British cyclist Ric Stern was on a leisurely ride, pedaling down a street near his home in Eastbourne, East Sussex, when a bus inexplicably pulled out in front of him in what could have been a catastrophic collision had he not braked and swerved in time.

Stern, wearing bright colors and capturing his ride on a helmet camera, said the bus "came out of nowhere" on a main road he described as "fast and dangerous."

The U.K. Daily Mail has the story and video footage:

"To say he missed me by inches would be vastly exaggerating the distance between me and the bus—it was more like millimeters," Stern told the Daily Mail.

"I did not know how the driver didn't see me. I was dressed in fairly bright colors, in the middle of the road, riding quite fast; I was where I was supposed to be.

"At the time it was the eternal cliché of my life flashing before my eyes."

The bus did eventually stop—after the near miss. The bus company is investigating the incident, a spokeswoman telling the Daily Mail, "We were very concerned to see this video."

Stern, 46, who works for the cycling firm RST Sport, said it was fortunate that the incident didn't involve a less-experienced rider or an elderly person.

"They would have been looking at a fatality or a serious incident," he said.

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