Cyclists and truck collide
Stephanie Gardiner LINK to Sydney Morning Herald Story
March 14, 2012 – 9:55AM
Cyclist trio knocked down by truck
A collision in Port Botany, Sydney leaves three cyclists injured after they attempted to overtake a bus.
A truck and a group of cyclists have collided in Sydney’s south early this morning, with the riders saying they were trying to overtake a bus pulled over at a bus stop when the crash happened.
Four cyclists were knocked off their bikes and three were injured in the collision about 7am on Bumborah Point Road, Port Botany.
An Ambulance Service of NSW spokesperson said one of the riders was in a serious condition. He was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital.
Three injured … a truck has collided with cyclists in Port Botany.
Two others sustained minor injuries in the crash, while the other cyclist escaped injury, police said.
A Herald photographer at the crash site said the cyclists, from the Randwick-Botany Cycling Club, told him there was a group of about 12 riders cycling south.
They said they were trying to overtake a bus, which had pulled over at a bus stop, when the collision happened. The cyclists told the photographer it appeared the truck was trying to pull into a driveway at the time. Botany Bay duty officer, Inspector Chris Schilt, said the the truck was driving north and as he made a right hand turn the cyclists hit the side of the truck.
Randwick-Botany Cycling Club president, John Buckton, said it was so far unclear which club members were hurt, but the seriously injured rider was believed to be a new member named Steve. Mr Buckton said the club cycled in Port Botany every Wednesday morning and occasionally came across long lines of trucks trying to get into a container yard.
“On rare occasions you’ll get lines of trucks right up the road and apparently that was the case this morning,” Mr Buckton said.
“Added to this, when you get lines of trucks the vision is down.”
Mr Buckton said the club, a century-old organisation that has members riding up to 800 kilometres a week, ride outside of peak hours to avoid gridlock.
“It’s a very big shock and something that we don’t want to firstly experience, and secondly hear about. “Not only our members, but all cyclists. It really shouldn’t happen.”
He said a crash like this raises awareness about the safety of cyclists, which is difficult to ensure in a city like Sydney.
“Sydney is gridlocked with cars. “I’m not sure that such an animal exists – a safe place to cycle.”
Mr Buckton said cyclists have to put up with abuse from drivers on a daily basis.
The bus driver witnessed the collision and police said they were hoping to view the CCTV footage from the bus. Inspector Schilt said the truck driver was shaken, but OK.
Yusen Logistics, the owner of the truck involved, has been contacted for comment.