Two cyclists were left badly injured after four members of Yorkshire’s 3RT amateur cycling team were hit when an oncoming car turned into them near Huddersfield last weekend. Police are appealing for witnesses.
A motorist travelling along Clough Lane towards Fixby was turning right into Lightridge Road when the incident took place shortly after 9am on Saturday November 18.
Presumably in an effort to give some sense of the impact, the Huddersfield Daily Examiner published a photo of the car’s shattered windscreen. It then headlined its article “Photo shows severe damage to car after accident with four cyclists.”
In a statement, the 3RT team said: “On Saturday morning a group of our members were involved in an incident involving a motor vehicle resulting in some severe injuries to two of them. The police are treating the incident as serious and we ask while those involved are treated and begin the road to recovery and the police conduct their investigation we (the club) and more importantly the families are given time and space.
“We thank everyone for their overwhelming support and hope you understand we are unable to comment on the incident and the extent of injuries at this time.”
Responding to a newspaper report on the incident, team member Mel Sykes tweeted:
— Mel Sykes (@nuddypants) November 18, 2017
She later added: “One lad just got home from hospital with a few broken bones, the other is in [Leeds General Infirmary] in a bad way. Both bikes smashed completely in half. Driver said he didn’t see them.”
A police spokeswoman said: “A black Volkswagen Golf travelling along Clough Lane towards Fixby was turning right into Lightridge Road when it has been involved in a collision with a group of cyclists travelling in the opposite direction.
“The cyclists were in a group of four riding single file. Two of the cyclists were seriously injured – with one being treated for potentially life-threatening injuries – while a third suffered minor injuries. The fourth cyclist was not injured.
“Police are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision itself or the manner of driving or riding of any of the vehicles involved prior to the incident. Officers are particularly keen to speak to the driver of a blue van which was behind the Golf at the time of the collision.”
Anyone with information should contact the Western Area Safer Roads and Neighbourhood Support Team via 101, quoting log 506 of 18/11