A speedway racer

A speedway racer, from the Czech Republic, knocked unconscious in a crash stunned
ambulance drivers when he woke up speaking perfect English. 18-year-old Matej Kus was out cold for 45 minutes after the crash, but when he woke up he conversed fluently in English with paramedics, even speaking
with an English accent. The teenager had just begun to study the language and his skills were described by friends and team-mates as ‘basic at best’.

Peter Waite, the promoter for Kus’s team, the Berwick
Bandits, told the Daily Mail newspaper, ‘I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. It was in a really clear English accent, no dialect or anything. Whatever happened in the crash must have rearranged things in his
head. Before his crash Matej’s use of the English language was broken, to put it mildly. Yet here we were at the ambulance door listening to Matej talking to the medical staff in perfect English. Matej didn’t
have a clue who or where he was when he came round. He didn’t even know he was Czech.’

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