Former Olympic athlete Iwan Thomas 'battered and bruised' in M27 crash

FORMER Olympic athlete Iwan Thomas has told of his lucky escape after his stationary car was hit by another motorist doing 50mph on the motorway.

Sunday, 13th December 2020, 1:58 pm
Updated Sunday, 13th December 2020, 3:43 pm

The 46-year-old 400m runner revealed he had been left ‘shocked, battered and bruised’ by the smash in which his vehicle was written off.

Thomas said he was just glad his toddler son Teddy wasn’t with him when the the three car pile up happened on the M27 near Southampton on Thursday morning.

Speaking on Instagram, the former athletics champion - who competed at the 1996 Atlanta games, and won gold at the European and Commonwealth championships, said: ‘Sorry I’ve been quiet for a few days, people asking me what the matter is, I can’t sugar coat it, not great news.

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Former Olympic athlete Iwan Thomas has told of his lucky escape after his stationary car was hit by another motorist doing 50mph on the M27. Picture: @HantsSpecials

‘Unfortunately I was involved in a car crash on Thursday and I can confirm when you’re stationary and you get hit at around 50mph it hurts.

‘Thank goodness Teddy wasn’t with me in the car.’

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‘Unfortunately the car is gone, that’s written off. I was shaken up, I’m still shaken up. I’m battered and bruised like I’ve been in a car crash, that’s what it feels like.

Former Olympic athlete Iwan Thomas has told of his lucky escape after his stationary car was hit by another motorist doing 50mph on the M27. Picture: @HantsSpecials

‘Obviously police, paramedics, emergency services who attended, thank you very much. What a year 2020’s been, absolutely hate it.’

Photos posted by Hampshire police show that Thomas's pet dog was in the Seat car with him at the time.

A spokeswoman said: ‘We were called at 11.08am on Thursday, December 10 to reports of a three-vehicle collision on the M27 at the eastbound on slip for junction 5. Two people reported minor injuries.’

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