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Female cyclist suffers life-changing injuries in collision with tipper truck in Camden

Incident date: 
Mon, 21 Oct 2013

A female cyclist has been knocked off her bike by a tipper truck on Camden High Street. The woman has been taken to St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington where she is in a serious but stable condition.

The cyclist, who is in her 20s, was cycling towards Camden Lock at about 4pm on October 21st.

Witnesses said the cyclist had been travelling on the right-hand side of the tipper truck heading straight along the road, the London Evening Standard reported. Witnesses said that when the truck turned left into Delancey Street it collided with the bike and dragged it under its front wheels.

The 44-year-old lorry driver stopped at the scene and was later arrested on suspicion of careless driving. He remains in custody at a north London police station.

Witness, Graham Spencer, who had been walking along the High Street at the time of the crash, said the junction with Delancey Street was notoriously hazardous for cyclists. “I would say that corner is very dangerous,” he said. “The lorries put their indicators on to turn left and the bikes try to get around the outside but they just get clipped. I think they should have some sort of cycle lane on the road.”

Police investigating yesterday’s crash are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Detective Sergeant Steve Pidgeon said: “I need to hear from anybody who witnessed the collision or the moments leading up to it. I am particularly keen to speak with a pedestrian who was crossing Delancey Street at the time of the collision, and a cyclist who was riding a short distance ahead of the cyclist injured.”

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