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Dan Walker 'glad to be alive' after accident horror leaves him covered in blood

The Channel 5 newsreader shared the news on social media

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Sharnaz Shahid
Deputy Online Editor
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Former BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker has revealed he is "lucky to be alive" as he was rushed to hospital after being hit by a car while out on his bike.

Taking to social media on Monday, the 45-year-old journalist shared a series of pictures of his face covered in blood while being looked after by NHS staff in an ambulance.

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"Bit of an accident this morning," he explained. "Glad to be alive after getting hit by a car on my bike. Face is a mess but I don't think anything is broken."

Thanking the workers who came to his rescue, Dan added: "Thanks to Shaun and Jamie for sorting me out and the lovely copper at the scene. This is my smiling [laughing face emoji]. Thankful for our NHS [heart emoji]."

Celebrity friends and fans alike inundated the broadcaster with messages, with Rose Ayling-Ellis writing: "Oh my gosh! Get well soon!" John Whaite added: "You're such a clumsy bugger. Swift recovery xx."

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Dan has revealed he was in a road accident

Former colleague Mike Bushell said: "Aw Dan. Sorry to hear this. Glad you're in one piece and are going to be ok and in good hands. Speedy recovery." Another post read: "Oh Dan! Thank goodness it wasn't worse - hope you're ok! X."

One fan remarked: "@#mrdanwalker sorry to see you like this wishing you a speedy recovery, our NHS are amazing my husband is in hospital and these wonderful people are taking the best care ever of him." Another added: "Oh no!! Get well soon and I'm so glad it wasn't any worse."

Dan Walker shares selfie from ambulance after accident© Photo: Instagram

The journalist said he was "glad to be alive"

Despite the swollen lip and bruised face, Dan expressed his gratitude that nothing else was broken.

And in a new update shared on Monday afternoon, the presenter revealed: "Just got home from hospital. Battered and bruised but - amazingly - nothing broken.

"Very thankful to still be here. I have no memory of anything and just remember coming round on the tarmac with paramedics & police around me."

He continued: "Thanks for all your kindness. Jamie & Shaun were so great in the ambulance - not sure I was making much sense. Thanks to Conor the copper, Charlotte in x-ray & Hannah (in blue) for being so considerate & brilliant in such a busy A & E. So thankful for our NHS."

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The former Strictly contestant is recovering at home

Dan finished by adding: "The helmet I was wearing saved my life today so - if you're on a bike - get one on your head. Smashed my watch & phone, ruined my trousers, my bike is a mess but I'm still here. 

"Currently eating soup through a straw and being looked after by a gorgeous, furry, tired nurse at the end of the sofa." 

The accident comes shortly after the TV anchor revealed how he accidentally left his own brother hospitalised. He tweeted: "I got asked today what is the worst thing I ever did to my brother… I once threw a rugby ball up the stairs to him. It went through his hands, hit the loft catch and the ladder came down at great speed and knocked him clean out!"

The dad-of-three currently presents the news on Channel 5 - a role he has had since June following his exit from BBC Breakfast in May 2022. He began hosting Channel 5's evening news show, 5 News, after fronting the BBC morning programme for almost six years.

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