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Virgin Group founder Richard Branson has been injured in a bike crash.

The businessman says he thought he was “going to die” after crashing his bike on Caribbean island Virgin Gorda.

Richard Branson, 66, said he was “extremely fortunate” only to have suffered a cracked cheek and torn ligaments.

He was cycling down a hill when he hit a speed bump, and “the next thing I knew, I was being hurled over the handlebars and my life was literally flashing before my eyes.”

In a post on the Virgin website, Richard Branson said: “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.

Virgin’s Richard Branson is offering his personal staff as much vacation as they want

Virgin’s Richard Branson is offering his personal staff as much vacation as they want

“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.

“We’ve since recovered the crumpled bicycle, completely destroyed. My cheek has been badly damaged and my knee, chin, shoulder and body severely cut.”

Richard Branson said his assistant, Helen, was first on the scene as he was “lying prostrate on the road” and then another member of his team, George, “sprinted from the bottom of the hill” to assist.

The businessman traveled to Miami for X-rays and scans, and later posted pictures online showing his bloodied face.

The accident happened on the fifth anniversary of a fire which destroyed Richard Branson’s luxury home on Necker Island.

Richard Branson was cycling with his children Holly and Sam as part of his training for the Virgin Strive Challenge endurance event from the base of the Matterhorn in the Alps to the summit of Mount Etna in Sicily.


He still hopes to take part in the event.

“My attitude has always been, if you fall flat on your face, at least you’re moving forward,” he said.

“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!”

Richard Branson made headlines earlier this week when his Twitter account posted CCTV images appearing to show British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn walking past empty unreserved train seats before he was filmed sitting on the floor complaining about “ram-packed” carriages on a Virgin Trains service.

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Bono got an arm injury after falling off a bike in Central Park, New York.

U2 revealed on its website that Bono will require surgery on his arm.

The band was due to start a week-long residency on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, which they have postponed.

“We’re sure he’ll make a full recovery soon, so we’ll be back!” said the statement from Edge, Adam and Larry.

“Much thanks to Jimmy Fallon and everyone at the show for their understanding.”

The U2 frontman flew back to the US after taking part in the Band Aid 30 charity single recording in London on November 15.

The recording, which comes 30 years after the original, is raising money for the fight against Ebola.

The week-long residency on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon is part of the band’s promotional tour for their album Songs of Innocence.

U2 came in for criticism after the album was automatically added to the libraries of all iTunes users around the world.