Cyclist killed in Ludgate Circus lorry collision

The cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene this morning (Picture: Twitter/@G4Lycra)

The cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene this morning (Picture: Twitter/@G4Lycra)

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A cyclist has been killed in Ludgate Circus after a collision with a lorry in the City of London this morning.

Police and paramedics were called at 10am but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

City of London Police tweeted: “The incident at Ludgate Circus involved a pedal cyclist and a lorry.

“Sadly the cyclist has been confirmed dead.”

A spokeswoman for the force later added that the lorry driver, a 53-year-old man, had been arrested on suspicion of careless driving.

The rider is the third cyclist to die on London’s streets in 2014.

Photographs from witnesses at Ludgate Circus suggest the tipper-style refuse truck was turning left from Fleet Street into Farringdon Road when the collision took place.

A spokesman for London Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 10am this morning to reports of a road traffic collision at Ludgate Circus.

“We sent a single responder in a car, two ambulance crews and a duty officer.

“Sadly he was dead at the scene.”

Police confirmed local road closures were in place, tweeting: “Fleet St is closed in both directions. Farringdon St closed northbound.

“Access to New Bridge St from Embankment eastbound has been closed.”

The death comes just a day after protest group Stop Killing Cyclists criticised many of London’s boroughs for not creating segregated cycle paths.

London Cycling Campaign released a statement expressing its sadness at this latest death on London’s raods.

Chief Executive Ashok Sinha said: “Our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of the person who died today.

“It is not acceptable that Londoners making normal everyday journeys by bike must contend with the dangers of major junctions that provide no protected space for cycling.

“We don’t know the circumstances of this particular death, but we know our transport authorities can and must take action to redesign our streets in a way that minimises the risk of harm to people who walk and cycle.”

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