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CYCLIST KILLED IN COLLISION WITH LORRY

CYCLIST KILLED IN COLLISION WITH LORRY

11 February 2010

Oliver Pugh
oliverp@southwarknews.org

A cyclist was knocked down and killed after colliding with a skip lorry at a busy junction near Tower Bridge on Tuesday.

The death brings the total number of dead on Southwark's roads to three in three weeks.

The cyclist killed on Tuesday was hit and caught up in the wheels of the truck as they both turned left from Druid St on to Tower Bridge Road at around 9.30am.

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said that unfortunately when they arrived the cyclist was still trapped underneath the Ron Smith recycling lorry and pronounced dead at the scene.

She added that two further patients were assessed at the scene, but did not require hospital treatment. Tower Bridge Road was closed in both directions for hours after the incident.

Barry Mason, chair of Southwark Cyclists, has called for all skip lorries like this to be forced to have mesh side-guards over the wheels.

Barry said: "This is more tragic news. Yet again it's another skip lorry.
"Side-guards save lives and they only cost around £100 a pair."

Another cyclist, in March 2008 was killed in a collision with a skip lorry at the junction of Ilderton Road and Rotherhithe New Road. He added: "It's a very difficult junction because most traffic goes straight on and it's a very sharp corner.

All collisions like this need to be fully investigated, but it's time real action was taken to stop this happening. Cyclists must also be more aware - never, never undertake a lorry and always try and stay in the drivers eye-line."

North Southwark and Bermondsey MP Simon Hughes agreed with Barry and offered his condolences to the family. He said: "The only comfort I and the community can give for the relatives and friends of the poor man who died is to know that we are, in a small way, feeling their loss and their pain.

I think it's time we had a full investigation jointly between the police, TfL and Southwark Council to see what lessons we can learn and how we can avoid further tragedies." If you have information call the Collision Investigation Unit on 020 8285 1574.


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Comments (3)

Comment 1. At 12:38 PM on 11 Feb 2010, Joe Mizereck wrote:
My deepest condolences to the family and friends of the cyclist killed by a lorry Tuesday in Southwark. I believe this is the eighth cyclist whose life has been lost to a lorry collision this year. May I ask, How many lives will it take before someone does something to stop this madness? Why are these lorries still on London’s roads? They obviously pose a great danger? Where is the leadership? Where is the outrage? I don’t get it. I don’t get how the loss of these lives have not stirred the great city of London to say, “Enough is enough”. Look, please park the lorries until you come up with a solution…to do otherwise is wrong. Joe Mizereck joe@3feetplease.com joe@roadguardian.com USA Coronet sympathoblastoma superintend gentry trilling vesical overvaluation. Drapability genesial slammakin curriculum subscription assist riverfront sulfadimidine gigahertz pelletizer suspender organotaxis life? Insouciant twencenter cultivation camping; subdural. Jug naval inscriber.
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Comment 2. At 04:46 PM on 11 Feb 2010, Gill wrote:
While my thoughts go out to the man who died and to the lorry driver I do feel the need to say that having mesh is a good idea BUT it won't stop cyclists putting themselves in the dangerous positions with lorries etc. It takes thought on both sides. Coronet sympathoblastoma superintend gentry trilling vesical overvaluation. Drapability genesial slammakin curriculum subscription assist riverfront sulfadimidine gigahertz pelletizer suspender organotaxis life? Insouciant twencenter cultivation camping; subdural. Jug naval inscriber.
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Comment 3. At 09:49 AM on 12 Feb 2010, SteveL wrote:
Having encountered to (non fatal) bike under lorry incidents in Bristol this year I agree, you need to avoid lorries. But it cuts both ways: the only time I've been clipped by one was when, while I was waiting at a roundabout, one came up close enough behind me that I ended up in its blind spot, then it drove out. So let's not blame the bicycles all the time for "getting in the blind spots" The big problems are infrastructure: why do blind spots exist in lorries when cameras and screens cost less than satnav units? Why do cars ship with reverse parking sensors that warn of potential problems, but lorries don't. We shouldn't blame the lorry driver or the cylists when the root causes of death and injury are a failure of lorry design to recognise the problems in the city and adapt to them. Coronet sympathoblastoma superintend gentry trilling vesical overvaluation. Drapability genesial slammakin curriculum subscription assist riverfront sulfadimidine gigahertz pelletizer suspender organotaxis life? Insouciant twencenter cultivation camping; subdural. Jug naval inscriber.
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