Westminster Attack Survivor Reveals How He Got Away From Attacker

A man who survived the horrific terrorist attack in Westminster on Wednesday has revealed how he got away from the attacker.

26-year-old Francisco Lopes was hit by the assailant, named as Khalid Masood's car on Westminster Bridge, leaving him with serious leg injuries, according to Metro.

Masood's actions reportedly took four lives, 75-year-old Leslie Rhode, 43-year-old Aysha Frad, 54-year-old Kurt Cochran and 48-year-old PC Keith Palmer, who was stabbed.

Lopes, among others, has spoken about how he survived the ordeal.

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"He started to move towards the pedestrian pavement and started to just take out the people that were in front of the car, so, literally when I realised this, the car was literally just about one metre away, so I had no, literally, no time to get out of the way," he said, according to Metro. "Basically what I did, I just tried to defend myself as I could. So I put my arms forward, and the car just tumbled me over and that was it.

"The adrenaline just started to take over me, I didn't want to die so I was just like 'yeah, I'm going to be okay, I'm going to try to convince myself that I'm going to be okay' and that my legs were going to be okay.

"I was horrified because I was scared for my life, you know, I said I didn't want to die.

"I'm happy to be alive but sleep is more difficult, difficult because I see the car hitting me, I see it all the time so it's difficult to sleep."


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Another young man who was caught up in the incident, though managed to survive, was Travis Frain, 19.

Travis was in the capital on a two day trip with fellow students from Edge Hill University. He was taken to King's College Hospital to be treated for a severed groin, fractures to his left arm and leg, and a cracked rib, Metro reports.

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"We didn't hear from Travis after the attack until 10pm last night. It was my wife Angela who took the call and I was sick," Travis' dad, Patrick, said. "It was the police who called us first to let us know he was involved in the attack and was okay.

"He'd left the parliament buildings with some friends to get fresh air and was walking over the bridge when the attack happened.

"My wife took the 2pm train down to London yesterday to be with him and he was due to go into theatre just after 12pm so he's likely to be groggy."

Thank God they're both okay.

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Mark McGowan

Mark is a journalist at LADbible, who joined in 2015 after a year as a freelance writer. In the past he blogged for independent football fan channel Redmen TV, after graduating from Staffordshire University with degrees in journalism and English literature. He has worked on campaigns such as UOKM8? and IIOC.

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