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)

Archant

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.”

Latest Stories

Yesterday, 15:03
Dynamo spotted by Steve Spencer

Fans of magician Dynamo were delighted by his latest trick: appearing to ‘levitate’ from The Shard near London Bridge.

Read more
Yesterday, 19:13
Undated handout photo issued by Battersea Dogs & Cats Home of Bless with Geoff and Sylvia Shoesmith, of Chelmsford, Essex. The mournful-looking stray which was thought to be putting potential adopters off with her hangdog expression has finally found a home.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday August 27, 2014. Bless was the most long-term resident at Battersea, with staff believing the lack of interest was down to the doleful dog's permanently sad expression. But following publicity, the Shoesmiths leapt at the chance to take the six-year-old in after being drawn to her loving personality and calm, kindly temperament.  See PA story ANIMALS Sad. Photo credit should read: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home /PA Wire

NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

A frowning dog can wag her tail again after our plea to find her a new owner was a success!

Read more
Yesterday, 17:38
Phil McFadden recieved money off his bill as an apology but declined Byron's offer to pay his whole bill [Photograph by Phil McFadden]

A man was shocked to find a metal ringpull in his order of onion rings at the London burger chain.

Read more

Quirky London

Quizzes

I'm only going to say this once: Stand. On. The. Right.

James Bond is Britain’s most famous secret agent, and the capital is its most famous city, so it makes sense that 007 would live and work here when he isn’t gallivanting around the world.

Read more
Can you find the animals hiding in London station names? (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

You may not realise it but there are animals hiding in stations across London? Play our quiz and see if you can you find them:

Read more
Can you guess the Tube station just from the outside? (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

How well do you know your Tube stations? Can you guess these Underground stops from the pictures taken outside them?

Read more