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Simon Cowell nearly rides his bike into a car 10 months after breaking back in horror accident

SIMON Cowell took a wrong turn on his bike last night and nearly collided with a car.

It comes just ten months after he broke his back in a horror accident in Los Angeles.

Simon, 61, ignored a red stop sign and headed down a one way street in London.

He soon faced a line of traffic and was forced onto the pavement.

The star is back in London after spending months recovering from his injury in the US.

He was riding a £16,500 electric bike in LA that can reach 60mph before he fell off and broke his back.

The Britain's Got Talent boss needed six hours of surgery and missed his spinal cord by a centimetre in the horrific accident.

But Simon insisted he was "lucky" he broke his back because it meant he "didn't get Covid".

He said his injury made it impossible for him to travel, but admits it was a "good thing" because it reduced his chances of catching coronavirus.

Simon was almost left paralysed when he fell from his electric bike at his Malibu home last year.

The X Factor judge also explained that the damage could have been far more life-threatening.

Speaking to promote America’s Got Talent, he said: "I was a millimetre away from just cutting my back in half. So I consider myself lucky.

"Weirdly, it was a good thing that it happened. I didn’t get Covid because I wasn’t able to travel and I probably would’ve done my fair share last year."

Simon broke three vertebrae, missing his spinal cord by a centimetre, in the horrendous fall.

The star fell backwards and smashed down on to a concrete floor in front of his horrified son Eric, six, and partner Lauren Silverman's teenage son Adam from a previous relationship.

He was rushed to Providence Saint John’s hospital in Santa Monica, a short drive from his £18million beachside property in Malibu, where he underwent his surgery.

He later confessed to fans that he had not read the instruction manual before trying out his new toy.

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Breaking his silence, Simon tweeted at the time: "Some good advice…If you buy an electric trail bike, read the manual before you ride it for the first time.

"I have broken part of my back. Thank you to everyone for your kind messages.."

He added: "And a massive thank you to all the nurses and doctors. Some of the nicest people I have ever met. Stay safe everyone."

Thankfully, it hasn't appeared to have left any lasting damage either physically or mentally, with Simon unafraid to get back on the saddle now that he has fully recovered from his injuries.

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