City of London police have confirmed to road.cc that a cyclist involved in a collision with a coach on Bishopsgate this lunchtime has died. It is the first fatality of a cyclist in the capital during 2012.
A spokesperson for City of London police said: “ City of London Police was contacted at 1305 on Friday 3rd February 2012 following a collision between a cyclist and a coach at the junction of Wormwood Street and Bishopsgate.
“City of London Police attended the scene, as did the London Ambulance Service.
“Sadly the cyclist, a man believed to be around 60 years old, was pronounced dead at the scene by the London Ambulance Service.
“Witnesses should contact the City of London Police on 020 7601 2222.
“A 61-year-old man from Essex has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
The Times reports that the victim, whose identity has not yet been disclosed, is the tenth cyclist to die in Britain this year. The newspaper also said that the vehicle involved was an airport shuttle coach belonging to the company Terravision.
It added that an eyewitness had described seeing a police cordon around a bicycle "broken in two."
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