Cyclist dead in horror smash
A CYCLIST was killed in a horrific high-speed crash with a truck in Ipswich yesterday afternoon.
Passing motorists tried unsuccessfully to help the injured cyclist who was struck by a truck near the Kholo Road exit on the Warrego Hwy at Muirlea.
But nothing could be done for the male rider who died on impact, shortly after 1pm.
Paramedics rushed to the scene where they treated the male truck driver and his young son for shock.
Police were unable to release details of the cyclist but said they believe he was a professional bike rider.
Early investigations into the cause of the crash reveal the cyclist was riding on the edge line of the highway near the Kholo Road exit when he was struck.
The driver of the truck skidded to a halt and rushed to help the rider.
Ipswich District duty officer Brett Munn said the cyclist's death was unfortunate and could possibly have been prevented.
“Riding a bicycle on a highway in a dual lane carriageway with no designated lane-way is risky,” Snr Sgt Munn said.
“It's a fine sunny day and the road conditions are good.
“If there were more designated bike lanes perhaps this wouldn't have happened.”
Queensland Transport officers attended the scene to help determine the cause of the crash.
Early investigations suggest the truck was not speeding.
The crash caused one east-bound lane of the Warrego Highway at Muirlea to be closed for several hours.
A mangled bike and a lonesome shoe were an unpleasant sight for passing motorists.
The fatal collision came only one day after an Ipswich bike store owner told The Queensland Times that the cycling community wanted to work with council to make Ipswich a better place to ride a bike.
A Main Roads spokesman said bike riders were allowed to ride on highways provided there was no signage prohibiting it.
It was the second serious crash Ipswich police attended in just a few hours.
At 10.15am, police were called to a crash at Northbrook Parkway at Mt Glorious where a male motorcycle rider was seriously injured.