Cyclist dies after being hit by a truck on the Federal Highway at NSW and ACT border

| 10.02,19. 08:08 AM |


Cyclist dies after being hit by a truck on the Federal Highway at NSW and ACT border


Photo: A cyclist is fatally hit by a truck on the Federal Highway on Saturday morning. (ABC News: Isaac Nowroozi)

A cyclist has died after being hit by a truck on the Federal Highway in New South Wales, close to the border with the Australian Capital Territory


Emergency services were called to Sutton about 8:15am to find a male had died at the scene, NSW Police Force confirmed.


A body was removed from the road, about 2 kilometres north of the Eaglehawk Holiday Park, at roughly 10:30am on Saturday.


The male driver of the pantech truck was not seriously injured but was taken Queanbeyan Hospital for blood and urine tests.


Inspector Sandy Green from NSW Police said little was known about the victim.


She said it was also unclear how the collision occurred at this stage of the investigation.


"It's early days, with crash investigators in charge,' Inspector Green said.


"No doubt a brief will be prepared for the coroner."


The death is the first of a cyclist on NSW roads this year, bringing the state's total road toll to 46.


The southbound lanes, which head towards Canberra, were closed with traffic being diverted through the Federal Highway Service Road.


Police expected traffic delays to last for several hours.


Impatient drivers abuse police from traffic queues


Inspector Green called for motorists to take care on the roads, especially while sharing with cyclists.


"This is devastating, absolutely devastating," she said.


"Yet another cyclist and a truck have collided. I suggest motorists be really patient and consider one another and drive safely and carefully."


Inspector Green expressed frustration at the impatience of some motorists caught in traffic queues.


"We had people in traffic yelling out obscenities due to the road being blocked, and that's really, really sad when it was very clear there was a collision."


"It might be a good idea for all of us to rethink how we treat each other on the road and be a little more courteous."


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