Cyclist killed, three hurt by by truck in Sydney accident

Posted: April 10, 2010 in cycling
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A CYCLIST has been killed and three others are lucky to be alive after a truck ploughed into the group in a “horrific” accident on a Sydney motorway, police say.

The others were lucky to survive.

A 25-year-old man of Edensor Park suffered a fractured vertebrae and internal injuries, while his sister, 20, sustained head injuries and an arm fracture.

A third man, aged 23 from Bossley Park in Sydney’s west, also fractured his arm.

“When you consider the size of the B-double truck and the pushbikes, they were very lucky to get away they way they did,” Inspector Cox said.

“There was lot of debris.

“Very horrific, probably one of the worst I have seen in my service.

“They had just decided to go for a cycle trek up to the Blue Mountains. I’d say they would be very fit and in training.”

The survivors are now in a stable condition in Nepean Hospital, while the truck driver, a 27-year-old man from Glenmore Park, was ordered to undergo mandatory blood and urine tests.

He was also treated for shock at the scene, Inspector Cox said.

A motorist who saw the accident rang triple-zero, but crash investigators are still trying to piece together the moments before the 7.40am (AEST) smash.

Inspector Cox said there was no suggestion the driver was fatigued, and it is not known how long he had been behind the wheel.

Investigators have appealed for witnesses to come forward.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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