Cyclist dies after collision with 'Olympic bus' outside the Olympic Park


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A cyclist has been killed following a collision with an 'Olympic bus' just metres from the Olympic Park, according to Scotland Yard.

The man, who is believed to be aged around 30, was struck by the vehicle in Ruckholt Road at the junction with the A12 in Hackney, east London, at around 7.40pm.

A police spokesman said he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A police statement said: "At 19.42hrs on Wednesday, 1 August, police were called to a collision between a coach and a pedal cyclist at Ruckholt Road (A106) junction with the East Cross Route (A12).

"Police and London Ambulance Service, including air ambulance, attended the scene.

"The cyclist, a man believed to be approximately 30 years old, was pronounced dead at the scene at 20.14hrs.

"The collision is being investigated by the Metropolitan Police's Traffic Investigation Unit."

A spokesman for Games organiser Locog said it was working with the police to establish what happened but had nothing further to add.

A London Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: "We were called at just after 7.30pm to reports of a road traffic collision involving a cyclist and a coach on the A106.

"We sent a single response car, one ambulance crew, the London air ambulance and the duty officer.

"Sadly one person was pronounced dead at the scene by the air ambulance doctor."

A London 2012 spokesman said: "We can confirm that a cyclist tragically died as a result of a collision with a bus carrying media from the Olympic Park this evening.

"The police are investigating the accident and our thoughts are with the cyclist's family."