Cyclist dies after collision with heavy goods vehicle on notorious accident blackspot

A cyclist has died at the Elephant and Castle junction in London after an incident involving a heavy goods vehicle at 4pm on Tuesday .

The Metropolitan Police confirmed the fatality, requesting that all road users avoid the area on Tuesday evening. Initial reports suggest the cyclist died at the scene from head injuries.

The Elephant and Castle has long been an accident blackspot for cyclists, and is one of several London junctions that are due to be overhauled in a £300million programme to make them safer for cyclists.

Lorries account for five per cent of the capital’s traffic, yet are involved in half of the incidents resulting in death or serious injury to cyclists. Calls were made last year to ban them from London’s roads at peak periods.