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    FATALITY: LORRY STRUCK CYCLIST AT LEFT TURN

    Cyclist crushed by construction industry HGV on busy London street

    It has been reported (8th April) by the London Evening Standard that a woman cyclist has died after being struck by a lorry during the rush hour in central London. The woman is the second cyclist to die on roads in the city this year. Last year a total of 14 cyclists died in accidents in London.

    The cyclist is said to have been “knocked off her bike by a tipper truck turning left onto Victoria Street”. The Standard has published a picture of the twisted red bike frame with its front basket broken in two. The bike is thought to have been caught under the wheels of the lorry.

    Police and ambulance workers arrived within three minutes but the woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of a red and blue construction lorry was interviewed by police but not arrested.

    The cyclist and vehicle are believed to have been turning left when the accident happened. One witness said the lorry was transporting waste from the Kings Gate residential development site.

    The London Cycling Campaign said three quarters of all lorries involved in cycling deaths were from construction sites. An LCC spokesman said :

    “We have been campaigning for all lorry drivers to receive cyclist awareness training. This is becoming more common but more still needs to be done. People should recognise that if you drive a 32 tonne truck in a big city you need extra knowledge of the hazards involved.”

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