2011-10-18 - Rider Down, London Bridge approach

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  • I'd been to Monmouth, and was walking up to the foot of London Bridge on the south side of the river.

    Suddenly people started shouting "Stop! Stop!" and I could hear a rapid crunching/popping noise.

    Turning round I saw an articulated lorry, driving toward the bridge.

    On her back, knees bent and feet on the front bumper, was a lady who was being pushed along the ground by the lorry- her bike was just going under the front wheel which was the crunching/popping noise.

    The driver was looking around him at all these people shouting "Stop! Stop!" and shrugging- his reaction was "they cannot be shouting at me", so he kept going.

    It was probably all over in seconds, but it seemed to be a long time before he finally decided that the people (including myself) who were waving/pointing at him, the lady and shouting, did mean that he should stop.

    The lady cyclist probably got pushed 2-4 metres, hard for me to judge and I'm wary of exagerating.

    When he stopped lots of people rushed over and escorted the lady to the side of the road, she was fine, just shocked, she said that she thought she had made eye contact with the driver at the lights, but then he'd just driven straight into her/over her bike.

    She then went to sit down on some steps as a PCSO ran over.

    The truck driver was out of his cab by now, and circling his vehicle taking photographs.

    Not once did he approach the cyclist, didn't speak to her at all- he must have taken from her ability to walk that she was ok.

    Maybe he is under orders not to apologise for accidents lest it be taken as an admission of fault, but still- if the cyclist had not had the presence of mind (amazing, under the circumstances) to get her feet on the bumper the driver would have been standing there having killed her.

    Some photographs:

    No mirror above the windscreen to enable the driver to look down in front of him:


    Registration of the vehicle is YJ57 YRA in case the cyclist is searching for information- I offered my contact details at the scene but she declined at the time.

    (Middlebrook Transport Ltd articulated lorry)

  • That is frightening.

  • Shit, that was close!

  • My God, that was quick thinking on the lady, she managed to escape death.

  • Yes, it looked like a stunt in a film- she had amazing presence of mind and reactions, without which things would be very different.

    The driver had zero idea that she was there, and I mean zero, he apparently couldn't hear (or feel) his truck crushing her bike which is also rather unnerving.

  • shit! well done lady - and good on you neil for getting a bead on the situation. top work that man!

  • FUCK! glad she had the quick thinking to get out of the situation.

  • amazing escape by a lucky lady.

    How the driver can be so Meh about the whole thing is shocking, surely seeing people scream stop would cause you at least slow down and look about, but if in a mahoosive lorry you should really be a little bit more aware of the damage you call by such little movements

  • I've never seen such a clear and yet bloodless illustration of the dangers of those vehicles.

  • jesus.....

  • you said it man..

    shocking.. so glad the lady is ok.

  • Fucking hell.

    So glad the poor woman is okay. If that is not a nailed on conviction for driving without due care and attention then I don't know what is. Absolutely shockingly poor driving.

  • Close call for the lady, that must have been ridiculously scary for her.

  • Incredibly lucky escape alive from that situation
    Hope your assistance will help her Neil

  • omg that was close. Seeing the bike under the wheels like that brings it home how vulnerable and insignificant in size cycles are compared to these trucks.

  • I saw the aftermath of this after having been to monmoth and saw the crumpled bike but I couldn't see anything else, thank goodness she's ok. Must have been utterly petrifying.

  • amazing escape by a lucky lady. How the driver can be so Meh about the whole thing is shocking, surely seeing people scream stop would cause you at least slow down and look about, but if in a mahoosive lorry you should really be a little bit more aware of the damage you call by such little movements

    People react to stressful situations in different ways, just because the driver is not running around screaming and crying about what nearly happened does not mean that he is not concerned for the cyclists' well-being. As Dammit said it is feasible that he has been instructed not to offer apologies in a situation like this in case it is taken as an admission of guilt, it is also possible that he is trying to keep himself to himself at the time because he is trying to 'pull himself together'. I don't know I wasn't there and I don't know the driver.

    Hope that the lady is not too affected by this experience.

    Same goes for you Dammit.

  • Right on my door step....I remember by 'issue' when I left my face print on that truck when the only thing the driver had to say to me was "who(m) is going to pay for the damage?"

    She is lucky she is one of the switched on ones.

  • I can't imagine how terrified the woman must have been. It's very good to know that she is ok though. The fact that lorry drivers are unable to see in front of their noses is downright ridiculous.

    FUCKING THIS

    In 2011 we still have vehicles where is it totally possible for driver to be able to say SMIDSY?!?

  • Incredible presence of mind to climb out of that. what a total superwoman I hope she is fully OK.

    and very +1^ and props to dammit for stepping in.

  • The driver had zero idea that she was there, and I mean zero, he apparently couldn't hear (or feel) his truck crushing her bike which is also rather unnerving.

    It's a HGV, remember the video of one pushing a car on the motorway because the driver didn't realised there's a car in front of his bonnet?

  • I did nothing- shouted was all.

    I cannot overstate how impressed I am by the lady cyclists actions, she saved herself from a horrifying potential outcome.

  • Jesus, this is shocking, scary and so lucky. I really hope that shock doesn't hit her too hard, and that appropriate action is concluded for the driver.

    Dammit - have yourself a cup of sweet tea ...

  • I did nothing- shouted was all.
    that's enough, some folks just walk on, no matter what.

  • wow dammit, excellent work recording it all though,
    well done lady cyclist for super skillz
    hope the authorities get plenty of eye-witness statements
    and nails this idiot driver with a ban/heavy fine

    if that delivery was for the shard building project,
    then i fecking hate it even more now..

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