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Cyclist killed in Bristol road accident

Monday, December 15, 2008, 08:07

by Julie Harding

A man has died following a collision on a busy commuter road near Bristol on Monday morning.

The cyclist, reported to be a a man in his 40s or 50s, was hit on the A370 at Flax Bourton, just before 7am between Station Road and the B3128.

The Long Ashton bypass was closed in both directions while collision investigators examined the scene.

The man was taken to Bristol Royal Infirmary but later died. He has not yet been named.

The ambulance service said the accident today was made worse by motorists “rubber necking" - slowing down when passing the scene of the crash to see what is happening.

Great Western Ambulance Service paramedic Chris Hewett, who attended the scene as one of the ambulance crew, highlighted the dangers of providing treatment on busy roads.

He said: "Ambulance crews are very vulnerable at road accidents, particularly at night, until the police are able to close the road.

"During this incident, a passing motorist nearly crashed into the ambulance at the scene. Minutes later, another passing car skidded into the rear of a lorry, metres away from the critically ill patient as he was being lifted aboard the ambulance.

"On behalf of all my colleagues, I would like to appeal to drivers to avoid rubber necking and be extremely cautious when the emergency services are working in or by the road."

And there are long traffic delays on the M5 motorway near Bristol today after junction 16 at Aztec West was closed after a lorry overturned.

The accident at 5am blocked two lanes of the northbound carriageway.

Within an hour traffic was queued back to Cribbs Causeway and delays were expected to continue while diesel is cleaned from the road. No-one was hurt in the crash.

On Friday traffic coming into Bristol was severly disrupted after a car collided with another and then hit the new House of Fraser building in Cabot Circus. The driver of a Ford Puma remains at Frenchay Hospital.

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This is a pic of the A370 Long Ashton bypass near Bristol after the collision

 

   






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