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Near Miss of the Day 207: Cyclists swerve in slipstream as lorry load of timber passes

Our regular feature highlighting close passes caught on camera from around the country – today it’s North Wales

Today’s near miss really emphasises the vulnerability of cyclists with several tonnes of timber looming over them as they veer about in the huge draft of air caused by the truck (and trailer) that is carrying it all.

The incident occurred on July 20, just before midday.

“This one is probably the scariest one I've had this year,” writes Jonny. “I was riding back home along the A5 from Llangollen towards Chirk. The weather was damp and because of this I had my rear light on so no excuse for not seeing me.

“I reported it to North Wales Police using Operation Snap. The driver has had to attend a driver awareness course, which has meant him losing a half day’s wage and £100 to attend the course. Hopefully he or she learnt something.”

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Over the years has reported on literally hundreds of close passes and near misses involving badly driven vehicles from every corner of the country – so many, in fact, that we’ve decided to turn the phenomenon into a regular feature on the site. One day hopefully we will run out of close passes and near misses to report on, but until that happy day arrives, Near Miss of the Day will keep rolling on.

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