A woman in her late 30s is suffering from serious injures after a collision between an articulated truck and her bicycle this afternoon in Dublin.
The truck driver was crossing Charlemont Bridge, a humped bridge on the Grand Canal. At this time we are unable to confirm the direction of travel of the woman on the bicycle.
It is understood that the injuries were mainly to the woman’s legs. Images on social media and on media websites show the bicycle under the front wheel of the truck.
A Garda spokesman, Sean Mac Seoin, said: “Shortly after midday a female cyclist aged in her late 30s was seriously injured when she was struck by an articulated lorry at the junction of Grand Parade and Ranelagh Road. The cyclist was treated at the scene by emergency services personnel and removed by ambulance to St James’s Hospital. Her injuries are understood to be serious. The lorry driver was uninjured.”
He added: “A technical and forensic examination of the scene has been completed by Garda forensic collision investigators and the road has since been reopened to traffic.”
An eyewitness of the aftermath, Thomas Kelly, said on Twitter: “…cyclist hit by a truck. About an hour ago. Looked pretty bad when I went past. They were treating him/ her on the road.”
The truck was a large five-axle articulated heavy goods vehicle, with an open top tipper trailer. While it was exiting the five-axle ban area, the ban is not fully restrictive and permit holders are allowed to make deliveries or collections from sites and businesses within the area.
Witnesses with information on the collision are asked to contact Donnybrook Garda Station 01-6669200 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.
IMAGE: Thanks to Colm Walsh
CLARIFICATION: This article originally implied — without blame — that the collision was a common right hook collision where a bicycle and a truck are traveling in the same direction before the truck turns left. However, as we do not have enough facts or official comment to say if it was or was not a left hook collision, we have removed short sentences relating to this issue. We apologise for any confusion caused.
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