Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Cyclist killed by Olympic bus, reports

A cyclist has been killed after being struck by a bus transporting journalists between Olympic venues in London late on Wednesday, according to reports. The bus was said to be travelling between the main press centre at the Olympic Park and the ExCel Arena when the incident occurred at 19.33. The bus was leaving the Eastway and entering the A12 motorway when the collision happened.

According to the BBC a man, believed to be aged 30, was hit at the junction of Ruckholt Road and East Cross Road, Newham. Police and an air ambulance attended but the man was pronounced dead at the scene. No arrests have been made in connection with the incident. The crash happened close to the Olympic hockey centre, velodrome and Paralympic tennis arena. The collision is being investigated by the Met's Traffic Investigation Unit.

Reports: SMH / BBC / Sky

Update: Following the incident the driver was arrested and bailed by police. The cyclist was later identified as 28-year-old Daniel Harris who died despite wearing protective clothing and a helmet. The accident prompted Olympic gold medallist and Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins to call for a change in the law, forcing all cyclists to wear helmets. He also called on cyclists to stop using iPods and other devices that distract [BBC]

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