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Two London cyclists killed in past 36 hours - tipper truck involved in 2nd incident

Woman loses life at Bank this morning, while 60-year-old man killed in Harrow in early hours of Sunday

Two cyclists have been killed in London over the past 36 hours, bringing the number of riders to have lost their lives in the capital this year to eight. A driver was arrested following the death of a man in Harrow in the early hours of Sunday morning and a woman was killed in an incident involving a tipper truck at Bank Junction in the City of London at rush hour this morning.

A spokeswoman for the London Ambulance Service told the London Evening Standard that paramedics were called to this morning’s incident at the junction of Threadneedle Street and Prince’s Street at 9am.

She added: "We sent a number of resources to the scene including an ambulance crew, a single responder in a car and London's Air Ambulance. We remain at the scene."

City of London Police confirmed in a tweet sent at 9.46am that the woman had died. In response, Twitter user Fiona Booth said: “I saw this happen on my cycle to work this morning. Heartbreaking.”

The victim is the eighth cyclist to have been killed in London so far this year, with large vehicles involved in all but one of those fatal crashes, the exception being the one that claimed the life of a 60-year-old man in Harrow at the weekend.

London Ambulance Service called the Metropolitan Police to the scene at Forward Drive at 0004 hours on Sunday 21 June.

The victim, a 60-year-old man named as Clifton James, had what police described as “serious head injuries” and was pronounced dead an hour later. His next-of-kin have been informed. James was cycling home from work in Harrow, and was just yards from home when the collision occurred.

The driver of the vehicle involved, a 31-year-old man, stopped at the scene of the incident and was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

He has been bailed to a date in mid-September while police continue their investigation.

The incident is being handled by officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Alperton Traffic Garage and anyone who saw it or has information is asked to call police on 020 8991 9555 or the charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on  0800 555111.

Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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nicmason replied to Martin1857 | 8 years ago
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The lorry well may have passed her and then turned across her. Not all these accidents are due to a cyclist riding up the side of a stationary vehicle.

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olic replied to nicmason | 8 years ago
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nicmason wrote:

The lorry well may have passed her and then turned across her. Not all these accidents are due to a cyclist riding up the side of a stationary vehicle.

I'm assuming from the photos the cyclist was turning left onto Threadneedle st. from Princes st, which has an ASL with an entry point at the left. There are no end of possibilities there where it could go wrong for the cyclist.

I don't really see how endless talk of how cyclists need to stop going up the inside of trucks helps matters here when we don't know what's happened.

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balmybaldwin replied to Martin1857 | 8 years ago
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Here's a clue - motorised traffic tends to be quicker accelerating away from junctions than your average cyclist.

Not much can be done if a truck half overtakes you and then turns left

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balmybaldwin replied to Martin1857 | 8 years ago
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Here's a clue - motorised traffic tends to be quicker accelerating away from junctions than your average cyclist.

Not much can be done if a truck half overtakes you and then turns left

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balmybaldwin | 8 years ago
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Another left turning lorry... it's predictable isn't it!

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PaulBox | 8 years ago
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Beatnik69 | 8 years ago
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RIP.

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