Lucky escape for female cyclist dragged under lorry at Blackfriars junction
- By London Cycling Campaign on at 2:40pm 12 July 2011
- Posted in: News and blogs, Take action, City of London
- Tagged with: blackfriars, hgvs, No More Lethal Lorries, twitter, crash
- Boroughs: City of London
Yesterday, a person with the Twitter handle @Pumpkii reported seeing a female cyclist being dragged under a lorry at Blackfriars junction, and somehow escaping unharmed.
The crash took place on New Bridge Street, on the southbound approach to the notorious Blackfriars junction.
It's reported that the cyclist and the lorry had set off from the traffic lights together, when the lorry crossed her path to turn left into Queen Victoria Street.
The lady and her bike were dragged under the lorry, and her bike was destroyed, while she walked away extremely shaken but unharmed.
LCC's campaigns officer Charlie Lloyd said, "Thankfully, that left turn into Queen Victoria Street won't be possible soon, but under TfL's current plans cyclists will still be squeezed into a 1.5m minimum-width lane at this point."
"This incident highlights the risks cyclists face when passing through busy, multilane junctions."
Please add your picture to our photo petition calling for a safer Blackfriars, with reduced danger for cyclists, including lower speed limits and a safer road layout.
@Pumpkii Twitter feed
Just witnessed a woman getting knocked down and run over by a truck on Blackfriars bridge. She walked away with a few bumps and scratches.
She is one lucky woman, honestly thought she was a goner
@OMGJonParker @blackfriars20 she was dragged under the truck around a corner. Her bike was totally crushed. Lucky woman.
@Blackfriars20 she was going southbound on new bridge st, she was alongside a truck at the lights,where it meets with Queen Victoria st...
@Blackfriars20 ... She was going to continue over the bridge but the truck turned east down queen Victoria st.
@afcGeorge she is about 25ish I guess.
16 hours ago
@afcGeorge yeah, she was very shaken up, with good reason! She is really lucky to be alive, she should buy a ticket for tomorrows lotto!
16 hours ago