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Sir Richard Branson Is Still Smiling After Nearly-Fatal Bike Accident — 'My Life Was Literally Flashing Before My Eyes'

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Sir Richard Branson is thanking his lucky stars after a terrifying bike accident near a cliff's edge on the Caribbean island Virgin Gorda that fortunately only left him with a cracked cheek and some torn ligaments. Oof.

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Taking to Virgin.com, the 66-year-old businessman recounted the harrowing experience where he claims his entire life flashed before his eyes:

"A couple of nights ago I went cycling on Virgin Gorda with Holly and Sam as part of my training for the Virgin Strive Challenge. I was heading down a hill towards Leverick Bay when it suddenly got really dark and I managed to hit a ‘sleeping policeman' hump in the road head on. The next thing I knew, I was being hurled over the handlebars and my life was literally flashing before my eyes. I really thought I was going to die. I went flying head-first towards the concrete road, but fortunately my shoulder and cheek took the brunt of the impact, and I was wearing a helmet that saved my life (however, perhaps they should build bike helmets that protect the side of the face too - does anyone know of one?). My bike went flying off the cliff and disappeared. We've since recovered the crumpled bicycle, completely destroyed. My cheek has been badly damaged and my knee, chin, shoulder and body severely cut."

Yikes!!!

But despite the close call, Branson is staying positive and is still hoping to complete the Virgin Strive Challenge next month:

"My attitude has always been, if you fall flat on your face, at least you're moving forward. All you have to do is get back up and try again. At least I'm practicing what I preach — though a little too literally!"

Here's to hopping back in the saddle in no time!!

[Image via Virgin.com.]

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