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West Suffolk Wheelers and Triathlon Club bicycle accident

A bicycle accident, which occurred on a road between Bury St Edmunds and Little Saxham and left three cyclists injured, is being investigated by The East of England Ambulance Service after police were not notified of the incident by the ambulance team which arrived at the scene.

The medical team called to the site of the bicycle collision failed to notify the police and, as a result, it fell to members of the cycle group to divert traffic for more than an hour while paramedics attended the three injured riders.

The crash happened between members of the West Suffolk Wheelers and Triathlon Club. They were cycling at about 30mph, when some of them tried to move towards the kerb to make way for a passing car. The resulting pile-up left one man with a severe head injury, another with two broken ribs and a dislocated shoulder, and a further cyclist with a broken collar bone.

The two riders with the less serious injuries were taken to West Suffolk Hospital in Bury, and the 23-year-old who suffered head injury was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge by air ambulance.

A spokeswoman for The East of England Ambulance Service said, "We are investigating why protocol was not followed on this isolated occasion and will be taking appropriate measures to address the issue".

Police have now made enquiries into the bicycle accident, and agree that no motor vehicle was involved in the road traffic incident and no reports of improper conduct by the cyclists have been received. Whether any of the injured cyclists wants to make a compensation claim has not been reported.



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