This is the jaw-dropping moment a truck almost ploughs into a group of cyclists – who escaped serious injury by just a few inches. It was Monday morning and hundreds of cyclists were commuting through the city of London. A large group was making its way along a designated cycle route to the side of the Strand where there a number of designated cycle crossings.The footage starts with the group waiting at a Toucan crossing – a crossing designed for both cyclists and pedestrians.
Both the waiting cyclists and pedestrians would have their own green light informing them of when to cross – but at the beginning of the footage the light is green for road traffic. One of the cyclists was wearing a helmet camera and it was this camera that captured the shocking moment in full. A few seconds into the footage some of the cyclists attempt to creep out onto the road, but just seconds later a truck looms into view.
The truck driver is forced to slam on his brakes to avoid a serious crash. Shocked onlookers can be heard shouting in disbelief, with one of them screaming ‘f***ing hell’ as the massive vehicle approaches. Some of the witnesses are seen putting their hands to their face in shock, while others put their arms on their head. Soon after the near-miss one of the cyclists urges the lorry driver to reverse so the rest of the group can start to cross the road.
The person who took the footage believes the truck driver is at fault – but the video is not conclusive and the party responsible is not clear. He said: ‘This road is on my regular commute to and from work. It gets very busy with cyclists. ‘The queue of cyclists started to move forward, [and] a truck travelling along the road went to cross the junction at the same time through a red light.’It would appear that the truck driver failed to notice the traffic lights, perhaps because they had louvres on them, and his view of the cyclists, and the cyclists view of the truck, was obscured by the hoardings around the road works.’