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Five year old killed in crash involving bin lorry while riding bike

Fatal collision happened in Walsall yesterday on road described as “dangerous” by one local

A five year old boy has been killed in a crash involving a bin lorry while he was riding his bike in Walsall on a road described by one local as “dangerous.”

The fatal crash happened on West Bromwich Road close to the junction with The Broadway shortly before 10am yesterday, Sunday 17 July, reports The Mirror.

Pictures of the scene show the youngster’s Spider-Man themed bike within an area cordoned off by police, and it has been reported that the youngster may have been cycling across the road when the crash happened.

West Midlands Police say that the child’s family is being supported by specially trained officers and that the driver of the bin lorry remained at the scene and is assisting in their investigation.

A member of the public was trying to administer CPR to the child when paramedics arrived, according to West Midlands Ambulance Service, which said in a statement: "Staff took over treatment and administered advanced trauma care to the boy at the scene and continued with treatment en route to hospital.

“Sadly though, despite everyone’s best efforts, nothing could be done to save the boy and he was confirmed deceased at Walsall Manor Hospital.”

One woman who was at the scene told Birmingham Live: “I heard sirens earlier today. It’s so sad what has happened, that poor boy,” while another person who lives nearby said “this road can be so dangerous.”

The vehicle involved was privately owned and was not undertaking work on behalf of Walsall Council, the local authority confirmed.

In a statement, the council said: “Our deepest condolences to the family of the young boy that sadly died in the road traffic accident that took place on West Bromwich Road yesterday, July 17.

“The council can confirm the vehicle involved was a private vehicle and not engaged in any council work.

“As with all serious road traffic accidents our Highways and Transport team will work with WM Police and follow up on any reports and concerns as part of our future road safety programme planning.”

Police have requested that anyone who witnessed the fatal crash or has dashcam footage shot in the area at the time contact them on the non-emergency number 101 quoting log 1237 of 17 July.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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brooksby | 1 year ago

Early editions of the various tabloids reported this as how a five year old had ridden into a bin lorry.  Later editions changed it to a boy on a bike being in collision with a bin lorry.

chrisonabike replied to brooksby | 1 year ago
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That sounds familiar from the unpleasant tales in the RoadPeace documentary about everyone telling a bereaved mother it was her child's fault that she got tangled up in a truck's wheels.

Lots of reasons why you see this but one is the dead can't sue.  More broadly they don't respond to advertising and don't vote.  Living drivers however...

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