Cyclist hurt under HGV at Junction

A cyclist had to be removed from under the rear wheels of a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) after a collision at Dalston junction at the height of the traffic peak period today Wed 2 Feb 2011.

The accident happened at about 4.40pm and the victim, in his twenties, was taken to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel Road, Whitechapel E1 1BB.

The HGV hit the cyclist in Kingsland Road. After the rider was extracted from the lorry, the vehicle was moved to Dalston Lane, where forensic experts examined its left-side undercarriage.

The incident occurred at a time when central Dalston was heaving with pedestrians, motorists and cyclists. By Fri 4 Feb 2011 no noticeboards appealing for witnesses had been placed at the intersection. Police had made no arrests.

London Cycling Campaign has been lobbyingfor lorries to be fitted with class VI safety mirrors and for driver training to make them more aware of cyclists and pedestrians. Most UK lorries are not likely to have these mirrors until 2014.

* Police and  other sources have given no information to Loving Dalston since Friday night. See the comments section. 

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12 thoughts on “Cyclist hurt under HGV at Junction

  1. I too knew Dan and he was a wonderful person with his whole life ahead of him. This is a tragic accident and waste of so much potential.

    We need to BAN these HGV’s in central London now before this happens again.

  2. Rest in Peace. So sad yet another young life gone because of London’s dangerous roads. I want to cry

  3. I am afraid to say that Dan didn’t make it. He fought for a long time and the hospital did their best for him. He was one of the best people I’ve ever had the privilege to have known.
    I love you poppet xxx

  4. I have been hearing the worst news since yesterday evening but none of the official sources has kept its promise to update me. So this site (& that of a local newspaper) may be out of date. Embarrassment… but I must try to make my reports accurate. Yesterday Fri I carefully inspected the junction & was struck by how easily cycle lanes could have been added during the alterations that preceded the opening of the Ell station. Planners, however, often overlook provision for the two-wheeled eco-heroes.

  5. How can cyclists share the road with vehicles that can’t see them? This is not sharing. These big trucks have no place in our tiny urban streets.

    RIP cyclist.

  6. I’m afraid that if this is who I think it is, the cyclist did not make it. There must be changes made to the way cyclists have to share the road with other traffic, particularly HGVs. We just don’t stand a chance against vehicles this large.

  7. I cycled past here about 30mins after the accident. Instantly felt for the cyclist and I hope he pulls through and makes a full recovery.
    My thoughts are with you and your family.
    Take care.

  8. Get well soon rider. It is a dangerous junction for cyclists. I hope this lorry was indicating. Every wek there seems to be an accident with a cyclist. Both the Lorry drivers and cyclist need to look out for each other. All lorries need decent wing mirrors, automatic indicators and maybe warning sounds like they have for reversing.

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