Female cyclist fighting for life after being hit by lorry on Chelsea Bridge

A female cyclist has died after she was hit by a lorry in west London during rush hour.

The 36-year-old woman went into cardiac arrest after being hit on Chelsea Bridge just before 8am on Wednesday - writes standard.co.uk.

Scotland Yard said the crash happened near the junction with Grosvenor Road, where there is a cycle superhighway.

She was treated at the scene and taken to King's College hospital in Denmark Hill.

Scotland Yard confirmed to the Standard shortly after 2.15pm that the woman had died.

The driver of the HGV, who stopped at the scene, has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. He was taken to a central London police station.

Witnesses described seeing a mangled bike under a truck near the back wheels on the bridge.

Melanie Becker, who saw the aftermath, told the Standard: “It was a terrible sight this morning crossing the bridge. I have taken that left turn many times myself and it is seriously dangerous.

“The whole road layout there is dangerous. Not long ago a cyclist was down on the opposite site of the junction going straight. I really hope something will be done to make this safer for everyone.”

Cyclist Peter Christian told the Standard he saw a mangled bike under a truck near the back wheels as he was riding to work.

He said: "I didn't want to look towards the scene behind the blue tarpaulin. There were lots of emergency services present. There seemed to be another big truck close behind."

Helen Ward posted on Twitter: "Accident on Chelsea Bridge this morning, looked like bike - lorry collision. I always wheel my bike over the bridge because it's not safe."

Melissa Fehr posted: "That was the most traumatic commute I've had in years. Started with the aftermath of a cyclist HGV collision at Chelsea Brige.”

Police closed Chelsea Bridge and Grosvenor Road in both directions between Vauxhall Bridge and Chelsea Embankment while traffic officers investigate.

A Met Police spokesman said: “Officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit are investigating a fatal collision on Chelsea Bridge.

“Police were called at 07.50am on Wednesday, 27 September to Chelsea Bridge, SW1. A lorry had been in collision with a cyclist.

“The London Ambulance Service and London's Air Ambulance attended the scene.

“The cyclist, a 36-year-old woman, was taken to a west London hospital where she died later the same day.

“Her next of kin have been informed.”

Leon Daniels, Managing Director of Surface Transport at TfL, said: "Our thoughts are with the friends and family of the woman who sadly died after a collision this morning while cycling along Chelsea Embankment.

"We will assist the police as they investigate the circumstances.”

Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to call police on on 020 8543 5157 or contact via Twitter @MetCC or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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