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Saturday 16 December 2017

'Lorry nearly cost me my life'

"If I had been looking ahead as opposed to looking right then I would have been thrown 40ft into the air."

This is how Dublin cyclist Neil Batt described his near miss with an articulated lorry which could have cost him his life.

Mr Batt (42), from Monkstown in south Dublin, was riding to work along Rock Road when he was forced to take sudden evasive action.

"I was on the very left hand lane hugging the kerb, coming from Blackrock Village, about 1,000 metres before Merrion Gates," Mr Batt said.

Out of nowhere, a truck "lurched" into his lane. "I saw a carriage with 18 wheels coming to me and I jammed on my brakes," he said.

The keen cyclist, who works for Ashville Media on Sir John Rogerson's Quay in Dublin 2, believes the driver suddenly swapped lanes to avoid heavy traffic.

However, the trailing carriage of the vehicle drifted further left than the cabin, nearly hitting Mr Batt.

The incident happened during rush-hour last Wednesday morning.

"The driver noticed traffic building up in front of him and saw a vacant lane beside him and lurched into my lane," Mr Batt told the Herald.

Incensed, Mr Batt caught up with the truck and, knocking on the driver window, demanded to know what he had been thinking.

"All he (the driver) did was shrug his shoulders. He blanked me," said Neil, who was so annoyed he contacted Joe Duffy's Liveline to air his feelings.

There have been some recent unfortunate accidents involving cyclists and motor vehicles.

The weekend before last, a cyclist was left in a serious condition after a collision with an articulated lorry on the Swords Road at Cloghran.

The previous day, a rider was seriously injured after a collision with a car in Abbey Street.

comurphy@herald.ie

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