Accident at Elephant

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Wednesday 8 April 2009 2.17pm
Not sure what has happened, but there is an air ambulance and the rest of the emergency services. My guess is an RTA
Wednesday 8 April 2009 2.22pm
Picture from @philipsymonds here: http://twitpic.com/301bc

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Wednesday 8 April 2009 2.34pm
air ambulance just left
Wednesday 8 April 2009 2.37pm
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Wednesday 8 April 2009 3.08pm
Bus diversions in place. Road closed at Newington Causeway and outside Bakerloo line entrance
Wednesday 8 April 2009 3.14pm
Sadly the accident was fatal. Story to follow.

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Wednesday 8 April 2009 4.37pm
Police are taking photos of a mangled bicycle right now. The flat-bed truck has moved up Newington Causeway.
Wednesday 8 April 2009 4.54pm
Oh the poor girl, what a terrible thing to happen, bikes are so vulnerable at the elephant...:-(
in archway on sunday a male cyclist was out with his son, all of the age of 3 the child was riding the bike and his dad held him by the scruff of his neck whilst riding his!
the language from car drivers was incredible..
mind you it did look precarious.
Wednesday 8 April 2009 5.38pm
My sincere condolences go to those who knew the woman in question.

However, shame on those who have stalled over the southern roundabout replacement, which might have prevented such an accident; TFL, Southwark Council and Boris Johnson.

Val Shawcross raised this precise issue with Boris Johnson, as reported by SE1 here when addressing the issue of the roundabout delays.

She said: "There have been five really serious cycling accidents just around those two roundabouts in the last five years which is the same number of cycling accidents that there have been involving all of the bendy buses in the whole of central London for five years."

The Times online cycle accident map for 2007 shows so many red dots on the E&C roundabout that it's impossible to tell whether it was the scene of seven, eight or possibly more accidents, and that's only /reported/ data covering one year.

Maybe if the roundabout were included in the congestion charging area we'd see a reduction of vehicles in the area. Let's hope the new T Junction and "cycle super highways" will will make life safer for pedestrians and cyclists.
Wednesday 8 April 2009 5.50pm
Kennington Road is also still shut between Lambeth Road and Kennington Lane after an earlier accident that required another air ambulance. Hope the poor person is ok.
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