Cyclist skidded on ice and hit Land Rover
A cyclist left fighting for her life after being run over by a Land Rover skidded on ice before the collision.
The woman, thought to be in her 40s, was trapped behind the front wheels of the vehicle, which came to a stop at a 45-degree angle over a ditch near Clevedon.
She was flown to hospital by air ambulance after Monday morning's incident, which happened in freezing conditions.
The cyclist suffered severe injuries to her chest, abdomen, arms, pelvis and legs in the accident, and was trapped under the car for more than 45 minutes.
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Paramedics gave her morphine while firefighters dug her out and used an airbag and a winch to lift the car.
The accident happened at 8.20am on Monday on Nailsea Wall, just outside the village of Kenn. Winter conditions made driving extremely hazardous in the area, and ambulance staff were called to two other incidents within a half-mile radius in the same hour, including a police car which had skidded on ice and overturned into a ditch.
The woman was cycling along the road when she also skidded on a patch of ice.
She was run over by a Land Rover towing a trailer driving behind her and it ended up in a ditch, pinning her beneath the vehicle.
Ambulance staff were on the scene within eight minutes.
Paramedic Chris Membrey said: "We needed to get the Land Rover off her as soon as possible but it was balanced at a 45-degree angle.
"I was worried that as soon as we moved the vehicle it would fall and crush her.
"I gave her lots of morphine and eventually we managed to pull her out. We called the air ambulance as she had been trapped in the cold conditions for some time and it would be the quickest and safest way of getting her to hospital."
Because the Great Western Air Ambulance cannot afford to operate on Mondays, the County Air Ambulance that usually serves Herefordshire and Worcestershire was dispatched, arrving in 25 minutes.
Nailsea Wall road was closed while the accident was cleared.
A police spokeswoman said an investigation into the accident was under way but no one had been arrested.