Christchurch cyclist clipped by train

02:31, Mar 19 2014
Scene where cyclist hit by trainf
CRASH SCENE: A cyclist was flung 15m after being clipped by a train.

A cyclist who tried to speed through a rail crossing after the barriers were down was clipped by a train and flung into the air.

The man has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after the accident at the Antigua St crossing at 4.05pm.

Speaking at the scene Sergeant Chris Scott said the barriers were down when the man attempted to cycle across the tracks.

Broken bike
BROKEN: The injured man's bicycle is taken from the scene.

The eastbound freight train clipped the back of his bike, flinging the cyclist about 15m through the air, said Scott.

Many passersby rushed to his aid.

The cyclist was heading north towards the city at the time.

Police have spoken to the train driver. It has since left the scene.

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