Cyclist dies after falling into path of bus when bike hit tram tracks

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A cyclist has died after coming off her bike and being hit by a tour company minibus on Princes Street.

The 24-year-old woman suffered serious injuries and was taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh where she passed away.

A female cyclist was hit this morning by a Rabbies tour bus at the west end of Princes Street. Picture; Lisa Ferguson

A female cyclist was hit this morning by a Rabbies tour bus at the west end of Princes Street. Picture; Lisa Ferguson

It is understood that the wheel of her bike got stuck in a tram track, forcing her off before she fell into the path of an oncoming bus.

The incident happened at the junction of Princes Street and Lothian Road at around 8.30am on Wednesday.

Police are appealing for information about the collision.

Sergeant Fraser Wood from the Road Policing Unit in Edinburgh said: “Sadly, as a result of this collision, the young woman sustained injuries that she could not recover from. Our sympathies are with her family and friends at this time.

Picture; Lisa Ferguson

Picture; Lisa Ferguson

“As part of our ongoing investigation we remain keen to speak to members of the public who witnessed this incident, or who have information that can assist us in establishing the full circumstances of what happened.”

“Those with information can contact the Road Policing Unit in Edinburgh via 101 and quote incident number 643 of the May 31.”

A City of Edinburgh Council spokesperson said: “We were very saddened to hear of the tragic accident involving a cyclist and a minibus in the city centre. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the young woman. At this time, we cannot speculate on the circumstances of the accident but we will work with Police Scotland as they continue their investigations.”

A spokesman for Rabbie’s Tours said: “We are deeply saddened by the news and our thoughts and sympathies are with the woman’s family and friends.

Police at the scene. Picture; Lisa Ferguson

Police at the scene. Picture; Lisa Ferguson

“We are giving our full assistance to the police officers investigating the incident.

“We are also supporting our colleague involved in the incident, who is extremely shaken and upset.”

Police and emergency services attended the scene. Picture; Florence Snead.

Police and emergency services attended the scene. Picture; Florence Snead.