A Matthew Clark Ltd HGV driver forced a London cyclist into the kerb and then called her “a fucking idiot” when she said he had been too close. The victim says that police are investigating and while the company said that it too would look into the incident, there has not yet been word of any developments.
Elisabeth Anderson was cycling along London’s Wood Lane shortly after 1pm yesterday when the incident took place.
— Elisabeth Anderson (@velobetty) 14 August 2017
“I'm just sick to death of this,” she said. “One day one of these people will kill me, I'm pretty sure of it. I don't want to die under an HGV.”
I had to fend the truck off to stop it driving over me!
— Elisabeth Anderson (@velobetty) August 14, 2017
Anderson has reported the incident to police, while Matthew Clark Ltd got in touch with her via Twitter to ask when and where this incident took place.
“We will be dealing with it immediately,” they assured her, adding: “We're extremely sorry. Thank you for the information. We have passed this and video on to the local depot to investigate.”
In follow-up tweets, the firm said: “Please be assured we take this matter very seriously and are keen to get to the bottom of it, so it can be dealt with.
“Transport have identified the vehicle and are investigating. We're treating this matter seriously & taking action in line with protocol.”
Anderson has since confirmed that police are investigating, but says she has not yet heard anything more from Matthew Clark Ltd.
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