Serious injuries for cyclist

Traffic diverted on Avalon Drive, Hamilton

BELINDA FEEK AND SIENA YATES
Last updated 16:43 24/01/2013
Cyclist
Chris Hillock

Serious crash: Police interview witnesses, including passing firefighters, about a crash which seriously injured a cyclist on Avalon Dr, near Wintec.

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A cyclist is believed to have swayed into a lane of traffic before being hit by a people-mover in Hamilton.

The man suffered serious injuries in the crash which happened on Avalon Dr - SH1 bypass about 50m north of Wintec - just after 4pm.

The Chartwell Fire Brigade came across the collision as it was returning from an earlier call out.

Firefighters carried out CPR on the injured cyclist until St John Ambulance arrived at the scene.

Senior Sergeant Andrew O'Reilly said it looked as though the cyclist had passed into the lane, "and just got hit by the first car that came along".

He said it was unclear who was at fault, but police were carrying out interviews with the driver and multiple witnesses at the scene.

Mr O'Reilly said there will be major traffic diversions until about 7pm as they clear the scene.

The impact of the crash saw the left front side of the van dented, and its windscreen cracked.

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