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London cyclist hospitalised after another Shard building truck incident

Woman has narrow escape after being caught between truck and railings

A London cyclist was last week hospitalised with a suspected broken ankle after being hit at a junction outside Borough tube station by a lorry belonging to a firm that owns another vehicle involved in a nearby accident that claimed the life of a bike rider earlier this year.

In last week’s accident, a woman said to be aged around 40 was trapped between the railings and the lorry at the junction of Borough High Street and Great Dover Street, reports the Evening Standard - a chilling echo of precisely the type of collision that has claimed the lives of a number of female cyclists in the capital in recent years.

The latest incident took place just a few hundred yards from where 21-year-old medical student Muhammed ‘Haris’ Ahmed was killed in March, in an area that is currently experiencing higher-than-usual levels of HGV traffic due to the construction of 1,000-foot tall Shard skyscraper by London Bridge Station.

The Standard said that the Metropolitan Police had bailed the 26-year-old driver of the tipper truck involved in last week’s accident while it continued its enquiries.

The newspaper quoted a spokesman for Keltbray as saying: “Our thoughts are with the cyclist and the driver — from our subcontractor Primagrange — involved in this accident and we do wish the cyclist a full and speedy recovery.

"The circumstances of the collision are a matter for the Metropolitan police and we obviously cannot comment on the details of how this collision took place, but it is important to note that Keltbray places safety at the forefront of all aspects of its operations — and in particular vehicle movements in busy, highly congested locations such as central London.”

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.

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