Woman dragged under tipper lorry at junction said to be risky for cyclists

The Metropolitan Police has issued a witness appeal after a female cyclist was left seriously injured yesterday afternoon following a collision with a tipper lorry in Camden. In particular, police want to speak to two specific people they believe witness the crash.

The incident took place at the junction of Camden High Street and Delancey Street, NW1. The driver of the tipper truck, a 44-year-old male, was arrested on suspicion of careless driving and taken to a north London police station.

The cyclist, aged in her 20s, was taken to hospital and is described as being in a “serious but stable” condition. The Metroplitan Police’s Collision Investigation Unit in Northolt is investigating.

Detective Sergeant Steve Pidgeon commented: "I need to hear from anybody who witnessed the collision or the moments leading up to it. I am particularly keen to speak with a pedestrian who was crossing Delancey Street at the time of the collision, and a cyclist who was riding a short distance ahead of the cyclist injured."

Anyone with information should call police on 020 8842 1817.

One witness told the London Evening Standard that the junction presents particular risks for cyclists.

Camden resident Graham Spencer, who had been walking on the High Street when the incident happened, told the newspaper: “I would say that corner is very dangerous.  The lorries put their indicators on to turn left and the bikes try to get around the outside but they just get clipped.

“I think they should have some sort of cycle lane on the road,” he added.

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.