Two cyclists killed by cop van

Cape Town - Two cyclists were knocked off their tandem cycle this morning on the R550 south of Alberton in Gauteng by a police van, killing them.

Helivac spokesperson J P Van Tonder says they were called in to help identify the cyclists, whose names are being withheld until their next-of-kin are informed.

The incident happened near the well-known landmark Lido hotel and conference centre on the R550 south of Alberton just after 11:00 this morning (Monday).

The cycling fraternity is in shock, after what is apparently the second cycle accident this week.

The cycling website thehubsa was agog with comment.

Thug said: "How tragic, RIP. Is this not a route with Bicycle warning signs ?"

Swart Piet wrote: "This makes me cross beyond words. How the hell do you not see a bicycle in bright daylight on an open road like that. And then its the people that's suppose to protect us that are killing us.

My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of these two cyclists. RIP." 

The SAPS will be investigating the incident further.




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