Cyclist struck by truck turning onto Johnson Street Bridge

A tower camera catches the moment a semi truck collides with a cyclist crossing Wharf Street at the Johnson Street Bridge, Tuesday, July 5, 2022.

A cyclist was taken away by an ambulance after being struck by a semi-trailer truck near the entrance to Victoria’s Johnson Street Bridge.

In a video captured by Swans Hotel’s live Inner Harbour cam, the cyclist can be seen crossing Pandora Avenue at Store Street in the two-way bike lane when they’re struck by a truck turning right onto the bridge from Store Street at around 11:56 a.m.

The cyclist is knocked forward by one of the truck’s back tires before the vehicle comes to a stop and the driver, as well as other cyclists and pedestrians, rushes to their aid.

The cyclist remains on the ground as bystanders block traffic in the entrance lane until paramedics and firefighters are seen arriving just after 12:03 p.m., about seven minutes later.

A second ambulance arrives about a minute later and the cyclist is eventually placed onto a stretcher at around 12:08 p.m. and loaded into an ambulance.

A police motorcycle and SUV were also present at the scene and an officer appeared to be interviewing witnesses about what happened.

The Pandora Avenue entrance to the bridge was eventually reopened by 12:39 p.m.

Victoria Police are investigating the incident and say the cyclist is “very lucky” to have escaped with non-life threatening injuries, but they remained in hospital as of 3:45 p.m.

The driver remained on scene and cooperated with police, VicPD said. No tickets have been issued yet in the case.

The intersection has a sign denoting that right turns by vehicles heading south on Store Street are not permitted on red lights. Officials are not yet confirming who had the right of way, but the video appears to show the truck entering the intersection on a red.

Police also praised the quick action of bystanders who provided medical aid and blocked off the road until first responders arrived.

BC Emergency Health Services confirmed it was called to the intersection at 11:58 a.m. and that two paramedic ground units responded, transporting one patient to hospital.

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