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.