Cyclist killed in collision with truck in Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie
Published Friday, July 14, 2017 10:12AM EDT
Last Updated Friday, July 14, 2017 7:22PM EDT
A cyclist has been killed in a collision with a dump truck in Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie.
The incident happened at 9:25 a.m. on Friday on 6th Ave. at Bélanger St.
Montreal police spokesperson Jean-Pierre Brabant said the cyclist's injuries were so severe that police initially could not tell if the victim was a man or a woman, only later confirming the cyclist was a woman, aged 41.
"She was pronounced dead on the scene. From there we've closed the sector, we've established a perimeter, and have a lot of witnesses to meet, and from there we'll try to understand the cause," said Brabant.
Witnesses said the cyclist and the truck were both heading east on Belanger when the truck turned right onto 6th, crushing the cyclist.
"It was a truck that passed and never saw the cyclist. They hit the brakes but had already hit the cyclist," said Suzanne Levert.
Police said they believe the cyclist was in the truck driver’s blind spot at moment of impact.
The truck driver, a man in his 50s, immediately got out of his vehicle and called 9-1-1 upon realizing he had struck and killed a person.
He was treated for shock.
The dump truck belongs to an excavation company that was doing work about 150 metres away from where the incident occurred.