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Edinburgh cyclist killed after bike gets stuck in tram tracks

24-year-old woman was thrown from bike and run over by minibus on Scottish capital's Princes Street...


An Edinburgh cyclist has died in hospital from injuries she sustained after she was run over by a minibus after falling off her bike when its wheel reportedly got stuck in a tram track.

The incident happened at 8.30am this morning on Princes Street, outside the Frasers department store in the Scottish capital’s West End.

The 24-year-old woman was run over by a minibus belonging to tour operator Rabbie’s Tours and was trapped beneath its wheels, with media outlets including the Scotsman reporting that she fell off her bike after its wheel became stuck in a tram track.

Police Scotland have appealed for witnesses, with Sergeant Fraser Wood of the Road Policing Unit in Edinburgh commenting: "Sadly, as a result of this collision, the young woman sustained injuries that she could not recover from. Our sympathies are with her family and friends at this time."

In an earlier appeal, he had said: "We have already spoken to a number of motorists and bus passengers who were on Princes Street at the time of the collision, but the area was likely to have been extremely busy at the time with people making their way to and from work.

"If you believe you have information relevant to our ongoing inquiries then please contact police immediately."

Anyone with information is requested to contact the Road Policing Unit in Edinburgh via 101 and quote incident number 643 of the 31st May.

The victim was treated at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, where Professor Chris Oliver works as a trauma and orthopaedic surgeon.

In March, Professor Oliver – who is also chair of Cycling UK in Scotland – said that the hospital had treated 252 people for injuries caused by the city’s tram tracks, 191 of those cyclists.  

> NHS has spent £1 million treating Edinburgh tram track casualties

Today's fatality comes two years after a firm of solicitors warned that a death was “absolutely inevitable” unless safety improvements were made.

> Edinburgh must act before an "inevitable" fatality on its tram tracks, say solicitors

Thompsons Solicitors said it had acted against City of Edinburgh Council on behalf of 100 cyclists injured in incidents in which the tram tracks were a factor.

Together with local cycle campaign group Spokes, the law firm called on the local authority to put cycle routes in place that would enable riders to cross the tracks at a safe angle.

Simon joined 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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