Cyclist dies after collision with car during Severn Bridge Road Race
A cyclist taking part in a road race near Olveston died after he was involved in a collision with a vehicle.
The 41st annual Severn Bridge Road Race was abandoned following the incident at about 12.45pm today.
The rider sustained serious injuries to his head and chest in the incident near Tockington and subsequently suffered a cardiac arrest as a result of his injuries.
A volunteer paramedic providing medical cover for the road race went to his aid along with a GP who was taking part in the event. They carried out CPR on the rider until they were joined by critical care paramedics from Great Western Air Ambulance, who carried out more advance life support at the scene, a South Western Ambulance Service spokesman said.
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Despite their efforts the cyclist was declared dead at the scene.
He was named on the British Cycling website as 23-year-old Junior Heffernan from Devon.
British Cycling president Brian Cookson said: “This is a tragedy which will profoundly sadden everyone associated with cycling in this country.
“My thoughts are with Junior’s family and with his friends.”