Cyclist escapes serious injuries in bus collision in city centre
POLICE closed a road in the city centre when a bus was badly damaged following a collision with a cyclist.
The male cyclist was taken to hospital by ambulance following the collision outside The British Heart Foundation charity shop in Sidwell Street yesterday afternoon.
Police temporarily closed the road and set up traffic diversions in both directions while they investigated the collision.
A fire engine was also called to the scene and blocked the road while paramedics attended to the cyclist.
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The bike came to rest under the wheels of the single decker Stagecoach bus — but the male cyclist involved in the collision is believed to have escaped any serious injury.
The age and further details of the cyclist were not released by police last night.
The bus suffered a smashed window in the incident and damage to the front of the vehicle, as these pictures taken by Echo reader Stuart Coleby, 33, reveal.
One eyewitness who saw the aftermath of the collision said he thought the boy was lucky to have escaped injury.
He said: "As I was walking home towards the city centre I saw the bus with a really badly smashed front window.
"I saw the police and a fire engine, which left shortly afterwards.
"And I also saw at least one ambulance at the scene.
"I could see the bike underneath the bus but not the man. I didn't want to look.
"But I think he may have been in the ambulance when I walked by.
"I noticed that there was a diversion in the road."
A police spokesperson added: "A short traffic diversion was created in both directions.
"We understand the male was taken to accident and emergency at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital for a check-up for non-serious injuries."
No one at Stagecoach was available for comment.
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