Two cyclists who lost their lives Tuesday morning as a result of being hit by a lorry on the A30 in Cornwall were riding Land's End to John O'Groats, police believe.
The victims have been identified as a Scottish man in his forties and another man in his 30s. Their names have not been released as police try and contact their next of kin.
The driver of the lorry, a man in his 30s from Holsworthy in Devon, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and released on police bail.
Pictures from the scene show the lorry carrying the logo of Launceston, Cornwall company Frys Logistics.
Inspector Stuart Gibbons, of Devon and Cornwall Police, told the Western Morning News that the cyclists on the A30 had suffered severe injuries and the incident had left many colleagues in the emergency services upset.
“Our hearts go out to the families of the cyclists who will be affected by the tragic and sad incident,” he said.
Inspector Gibbons said: “They were heading back up to Scotland. It appears they were doing some sort of long-distance event heading towards Scotland.
“As a matter of procedure the lorry driver involved has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and taken to a local police station where he will be interviewed.”
Mechanic Mike Naylor was at work in his nearby garage when he heard the crash. He said: “A colleague said something serious had happened on the A30 so we went out and had a look and we could see somebody in a ditch.
“Just after it happened, a lot of members of the public had got out of their cars and were running backwards and forwards and somebody was giving one of them CPR which was quite shocking.”
Devon & Cornwall police say they were called to the scene, on the eastbound carriageway one mile before the Fraddon exit, near Newquay, at 8.37am.
Other emergency services including the fire brigade and ambulance crews attended the scene.
While the A30 in Cornwall is used by cyclists aiming to complete a Land's End to John O'Groats (or vice-versa) ride in the shortest time possible, the consensus of advice in threads on forums such as that of national cyclists' organisation CTC is to avoid it wherever possible and use an alternative route - one poster describing it as "a motorway by another name."
Inspector Gibbons echoed this advice: “Clearly it is not illegal to cycle on the A30, but it is a main arterial road through Cornwall and takes all the heavy traffic which is often travelling at speed.
“It is advisable for cyclists not to use this route and we would recommend people to look for an alternative.”
Simon joined road.cc 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.