A cyclist has been seriously injured following a collision involving a left turning articulated lorry in Central London this afternoon.The cyclist is in a critcical but stable condition in hospital.
The crash appears to have taken place as the lorry, which had been heading east on Old Street just 100 yards or so past the Look Mum No Hands cycling café, turned left onto Central Street.
A police officer at the scene told road.cc that the cyclist had been taken to hospital with “life threatening injuries.”
A member of the public who witnessed the cyclist being treated said that the victim appeared to have sustained serious upper leg injuries.
At 4pm, the road was cordoned off with police officers, paramedics and the London Fire Brigade still in attendance.
Subsequently, the Metropolitan Police confirmed to road.cc that the incident happened at 3.37pm and that a 52-year-old female cyclist is being treated for critical injuries.
A spokeswoman added that a 23-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.