Incident took place on Old Street on Sunday afternoon

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.

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.