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Woman dragged under tipper lorry at junction said to be risky for cyclists

The Metropolitan Police has issued a witness appeal after a female cyclist was left seriously injured yesterday afternoon following a collision with a tipper lorry in Camden. In particular, police want to speak to two specific people they believe witness the crash.

The incident took place at the junction of Camden High Street and Delancey Street, NW1. The driver of the tipper truck, a 44-year-old male, was arrested on suspicion of careless driving and taken to a north London police station.

The cyclist, aged in her 20s, was taken to hospital and is described as being in a “serious but stable” condition. The Metroplitan Police’s Collision Investigation Unit in Northolt is investigating.

Detective Sergeant Steve Pidgeon commented: "I need to hear from anybody who witnessed the collision or the moments leading up to it. I am particularly keen to speak with a pedestrian who was crossing Delancey Street at the time of the collision, and a cyclist who was riding a short distance ahead of the cyclist injured."

Anyone with information should call police on 020 8842 1817.

One witness told the London Evening Standard that the junction presents particular risks for cyclists.

Camden resident Graham Spencer, who had been walking on the High Street when the incident happened, told the newspaper: “I would say that corner is very dangerous.  The lorries put their indicators on to turn left and the bikes try to get around the outside but they just get clipped.

“I think they should have some sort of cycle lane on the road,” he added.

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.