Wednesday 21 February 2018

Brave teen who survived Westminster terror attacks recalls being 'thrown like a rag doll'

Travis Frain had just left Parliament when he was hit (Image: Independent News Service)
Travis Frain had just left Parliament when he was hit (Image: Independent News Service)

Kathy Armstrong

A teenager who survived the Westminster attack has described being "thrown like a rag doll" as he was hit by terrorist Khalid Masood's van.

Travis Frain (19) was crossing over Westminster Bridge with friends on March 22 when they got struck by rampaging Masood's speeding 4x4 Hyundai Tucson.

Five people were killed in the incident and more than 50 others were injured.

Masood (52) - who was acting alone - was also later shot dead by police.

Politics student Travis recalled that life-changing moment, saying: "I was texting someone at the time and one of my friends said: 'Travis, look.'

"I didn’t really have time to react. My body didn’t have time to tense up and was thrown almost like a rag doll over the bonnet.

"I landed on the left side and my head was actually cushioned by a friend … whereas obviously, if it had landed on the concrete with the same force that the rest of my body had we don’t know what could have happened."

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Injured Travis Frain. Photo: PA
Injured Travis Frain. Photo: PA

The Lancashire native says that he "just blacked out" and later needed emergency surgery after breaking his leg, arm and fingers.

Despite the trauma of the attack he said he has returned to Westminster Bridge twice since and won't let it stop him living his life.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, he said: "I wanted to see it again. It’s not going to put me off London. As weird as it is, life goes on."

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