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Foreign touring cyclist killed by lorry on Highlands road

Collision happened at the junction to a builder's merchant...

A foreign touring cyclist has been killed by a lorry on a Highland road.

The man, a holidaymaker from Eastern Europe suffered fatal injuries in the crash on the A82 north of Fort William at around 5.15pm on Thursday.

He is yet to be named.

The A82 was closed on the north side of Fort William, near to the petrol station north of the roundabout for the A830, for around seven hours.

The collision happened at a junction to a Jewson’s builder’s merchants.

The A84 is a road frequently used by cyclists riding between Land's End and John O'Groats (LEJOG) and while the cyclist killed appears to have been riding a touring bicycle there is as yet no indication as to whether the deceased was somebody undertaking LEJOG.

Local Highland councillor Brian Murphy told the Press and Journal: “Clearly, this is very sad news. The thoughts of the community are very much with the cyclist and his family.

“We don’t know the full facts of the accident at this stage, but if there is anything further that could be done in terms of stepping up road safety on the A82 at that spot, we would certainly press Transport Scotland to look at that.

“But, for now, I can only express my heartfelt condolences.”

A police spokesman said: “Sadly the male cyclist sustained fatal injuries. Officers are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision or the cyclist in the area around 5.15pm to make contact via 101.”

He added: "Officers are in contact with the man's next of kin and further information will be issued in due course.”

Back in 2014 we reported how motorists campaigned against two cycling events taking place on the A82 Glasgow to Inverness road – one of them the Deloitte Ride Across Britain – with a road safety campaigner describing the clash as “cycling madness.”

Brian Murphy, then chairman of road safety campaign group the A82 Partnership, said: “The A82 struggles to cope with the existing levels of traffic, including cyclists, at the moment, and I fear for the safety of both the cyclists and other road users.

“People get frustrated when they get caught behind large numbers of cyclists and start to take risks by trying to overtake in all sorts of daft places.

“This is cycling madness,” he went on.

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tritecommentbot | 7 years ago

Well said. I'm beyond feeling disappointed in people who seek public office though. Seems to attract a particular breed of cretin.

strangerous | 7 years ago

We all know and accept the additional risks we take when we travel on roadways that must be shared with motorized vehicles. We accept the risk that we may be seriously injured, or even killed, by the driver of a motorized vehicle. We recognize that our flesh and blood and bones are no match for the powerful, high-speed mass of metal and glass that these drivers control.

However...  what is totally and completely unacceptable are the attitudes of the local politicians and law enforcement when a cyclist is killed. If you read the article that appeared in the "Lochaber News", you will gain additional insights and details regarding the shameful attitudes of the public officials in the area. I am speaking specifically of Councillors Thomas MacLennan and Brian Murphy, and Chief Inspector Brian MacKay (but thankfully, the moron Sherriff Small was not quoted in this particular incident). These bureaucratic minions that call themselves councillors, or political leaders, or claim jobs that are intended to serve the public, were far more concerned with finger-pointing at each other over the delays in traffic flow that occurred in the aftermath of this horrific accident than they were with this stupid, senseless loss of life, and what they could have done and should have done to prevent it. These attitudes are unacceptable; these people are paid to run governments and be caretakers of public safety; not bicker and scuttle about like cockroaches after someone is killed in a hit-and-run. Do your jobs, gentlemen, or step aside for someone who will.

It is also unacceptable that the courts will dismiss hit-and-run drivers involved in any incident with no more than a slap on the wrist. It seems to border upon barbaric that they would effectively dismiss hit-and-run drivers who maim and kill other motorists, pedestrians or cyclists. As I write this, the lorry driver who killed the unnamed Czech cyclist is still at large, and in fact unidentified, as no witnesses have stepped forward. However, based on other cases in similar circumstances, he has little to fear from the courts for his cowardly and murderous act. Likely he will receive a £500 fine and loss of driving privileges for 6 months at the worst. This is unacceptable. The courts are in effect saying that there's no substantial consequence for using your vehicle to murder another person, and then leaving them in the road to suffer and die.

This was a tragedy, and when we choose to share the road with cars and trucks, we must accept that these tragedies will occur. But what we should not accept are cockroaches in positions of public trust, and court systems that condone hit-and-run vehicular homicide. 

Paul J | 7 years ago
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Not even a kilometre from where Jason McIntyre's ghost TT bike hangs.  2 RIP.

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