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Foreign touring cyclist killed by lorry on Highlands road

Collision happened at the junction to a builder's merchant...

A foreign touring cyclist has been killed by a lorry on a Highland road.

The man, a holidaymaker from Eastern Europe suffered fatal injuries in the crash on the A82 north of Fort William at around 5.15pm on Thursday.

He is yet to be named.

The A82 was closed on the north side of Fort William, near to the petrol station north of the roundabout for the A830, for around seven hours.

The collision happened at a junction to a Jewson’s builder’s merchants.

The A84 is a road frequently used by cyclists riding between Land's End and John O'Groats (LEJOG) and while the cyclist killed appears to have been riding a touring bicycle there is as yet no indication as to whether the deceased was somebody undertaking LEJOG.

Local Highland councillor Brian Murphy told the Press and Journal: “Clearly, this is very sad news. The thoughts of the community are very much with the cyclist and his family.

“We don’t know the full facts of the accident at this stage, but if there is anything further that could be done in terms of stepping up road safety on the A82 at that spot, we would certainly press Transport Scotland to look at that.

“But, for now, I can only express my heartfelt condolences.”

A police spokesman said: “Sadly the male cyclist sustained fatal injuries. Officers are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision or the cyclist in the area around 5.15pm to make contact via 101.”

He added: "Officers are in contact with the man's next of kin and further information will be issued in due course.”

Back in 2014 we reported how motorists campaigned against two cycling events taking place on the A82 Glasgow to Inverness road – one of them the Deloitte Ride Across Britain – with a road safety campaigner describing the clash as “cycling madness.”

Brian Murphy, then chairman of road safety campaign group the A82 Partnership, said: “The A82 struggles to cope with the existing levels of traffic, including cyclists, at the moment, and I fear for the safety of both the cyclists and other road users.

“People get frustrated when they get caught behind large numbers of cyclists and start to take risks by trying to overtake in all sorts of daft places.

“This is cycling madness,” he went on.

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.

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