A Tennessee amateur motorcyclist was thrown 10ft into the air after an attempted wheelie went wrong.
Brett Sewell, 18, was taking part in a mass “ride-out” when he attempted the wheelie and plowed into the back of a quad bike. The collision catapulted him into the air.
The footage was captured on a GoPro by Brett’s friend Brandon Reddy, 18, who feared his pal had been killed in the accident near Hadley Park in Nashville, Tennessee.
Forklift driver, Brandon, and Brett, a plumber, were taking part in a 500-bike ride out, which are regularly organized on social media by motorcycle enthusiasts.
Brett, from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, was riding his Suzuki GSX-R 750 when he collided with the four-wheeler.
He sustained two broken ankles, two broken feet, a broken knee, and a sprained neck and was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment.
Brandon, who’s also Brett’s neighbor, said watching the footage of the accident was “shocking” and showed just how lucky his pal is to be alive.
He said: “Brett tried to do a wheelie but you’re only supposed to do them at the front of the pack, never at the back.
“I thought he was done. I thought he was dead.
“It was terrifying.
“I ran over to him and he wasn’t moving. He was unconscious.
“We didn’t move him or take off his helmet because we weren’t sure of his injuries. The other riders kind of moved on as technically it’s not exactly legal to have a ride-out.
“But I stayed with him until the ambulance and police got there.
“He was really lucky, but he’s pretty beaten up. He just went for surgery yesterday.
“This was our first big ride-out, usually we just go out with five of our buddies or so.
“I always have my GoPro to film the ride-outs, but when I looked back at it after the hospital it was really scary.
“It happened so fast but to watch it back is really hard.”
Brandon said the accident has made him nervous to return to the road.
“To be honest, I really don’t want to touch my bike right now. I’m not even thinking about riding it. It was really scary.”
Brett, who is recovering in hospital, took to Instagram to thank his friends for their prayers.
“I’m glad I’m able to say I’m still alive,” he wrote.
Petr Svab of The Epoch Times contributed to this report.