Gray's Inn Road cyclist crash: Lorry driver arrested

Scene of cycle accident
Image caption The crash happened just after 13:00 BST at the junction of Grays Inn Road and Theobald's Road

The driver of a lorry which collided with a cyclist in central London, causing multiple injuries, has been arrested.

The cyclist was on a 'Boris bike' when the incident happened just after 13:00 BST at the junction of Gray's Inn Road and Theobald's Road near Chancery Lane.

The male cyclist, in his early 20s, suffered head injuries in the crash.

The lorry driver has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

He had stopped at the scene of the incident.

London Ambulance Service spokesman said: "We sent a motorcycle responder, a responder in a car, an ambulance crew and London Air Ambulance to the scene.

"Staff treated one patient, reported to be in his 20s, for multiple injuries, to the head, face, chest, pelvis.

"The patient was taken as a priority to Royal London Hospital in an ambulance escorted by the doctor from Air Ambulance."

'Extremely rare'

There have been no fatal accidents on the cycle hire scheme since it was introduced in July 2010, according to Transport for London.

"Serious incidents involving Barclays Cycle Hire bikes are thankfully extremely rare and we will assist the Metropolitan Police and the local highway authority with their investigation into this incident," said a TfL spokesman.

'Boris bike' is the widely used term given to the cycles used in the capital's cycle hire scheme, which was introduced by Transport for London and the Mayor of London Boris Johnson in 2010.

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