West Dulwich lorry-collision cyclist killed

A cyclist in her 30s has been killed in a collision with a lorry in West Dulwich, south-east London.

She was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident in Thurlow Park Road. The 40-year-old driver of the HGV stopped and was later arrested and bailed.

The victim suffered a cardiac arrest after the collision with the Mercedes vehicle, London Ambulance Service said.

The crash happened on a day when plans were announced to charge operators whose lorries lack safety features.

A three-month consultation was launched by Mayor Boris Johnson, who proposed fines for those who fail to comply.

Between 2008 and 2012, HGVs were involved in 53% of London cyclist deaths despite making up only 4% of the traffic.

Five of the seven cyclist deaths in London this year have involved lorries. It was unclear if any safety features had been fitted to the vehicle involved in Wednesday's fatal collision.

Under national legislation, many HGVs, such as supermarket delivery lorries, are fitted with sidebars or low skirts which protect cyclists from being dragged underneath the vehicle and crushed.

Mr Johnson has proposed a Safer Lorry Charge, modelled on the Low Emission Zone charge, on any HGV not fitted with these.

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