An Edinburgh cyclist has died in hospital from injuries she sustained after she was run over by a minibus after falling off her bike when its wheel reportedly got stuck in a tram track.
The incident happened at 8.30am this morning on Princes Street, outside the Frasers department store in the Scottish capital’s West End.
The 24-year-old woman was run over by a minibus belonging to tour operator Rabbie’s Tours and was trapped beneath its wheels, with media outlets including the Scotsman reporting that she fell off her bike after its wheel became stuck in a tram track.
Police Scotland have appealed for witnesses, with Sergeant Fraser Wood of the Road Policing Unit in Edinburgh commenting: "Sadly, as a result of this collision, the young woman sustained injuries that she could not recover from. Our sympathies are with her family and friends at this time."
In an earlier appeal, he had said: "We have already spoken to a number of motorists and bus passengers who were on Princes Street at the time of the collision, but the area was likely to have been extremely busy at the time with people making their way to and from work.
"If you believe you have information relevant to our ongoing inquiries then please contact police immediately."
Anyone with information is requested to contact the Road Policing Unit in Edinburgh via 101 and quote incident number 643 of the 31st May.
The victim was treated at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, where Professor Chris Oliver works as a trauma and orthopaedic surgeon.
In March, Professor Oliver – who is also chair of Cycling UK in Scotland – said that the hospital had treated 252 people for injuries caused by the city’s tram tracks, 191 of those cyclists.
Today's fatality comes two years after a firm of solicitors warned that a death was “absolutely inevitable” unless safety improvements were made.
Thompsons Solicitors said it had acted against City of Edinburgh Council on behalf of 100 cyclists injured in incidents in which the tram tracks were a factor.
Together with local cycle campaign group Spokes, the law firm called on the local authority to put cycle routes in place that would enable riders to cross the tracks at a safe angle.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.