Cyclist killed in crash on A38
By Burton Mail | Posted: January 22, 2011
A MAN was today being quizzed by police after a cyclist was killed in a crash on the A38 near Burton.
The victim, whose identity has not yet been released, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
The tragedy happened at 1.45pm on the southbound carriageway of the A38 when his cycle and a blue 08-plate BMW were in collision at Claymills yesterday.
Police investigation teams sealed off the carriageway in both directions as experts tried to pinpoint the cause.
It resulted in tailbacks stretching as far as Derby, while roads in the Stretton area were brought to a standstill as motorists tried to find ways around the hold-up.
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “The driver of the BMW has been arrested and taken to Burton Police Station for questioning.
A full investigation into the collision has been launched.” The Highways Agency website warned drivers that the closure was likely to last for several hours.
A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service
said paramedics did all they could to save the cyclist.
The Midlands Air Ambulance, seven police cars, three ambulances and a rapid response vehicle were sent to the scene.
The air ambulance touched down in the garden of Ben Smith, 22, of Norman Terrace.
He said: “I’ve never seen a crash like that before and it looked like a bad one.
“I saw the air ambulance land at the bottom of my garden and then I realised it must have been serious.
“There was a badly smashed-up BMW parked further up the road and the emergency services blocked the carriageway off. There only seemed to be lorries allowed through.”
Motorist Joel Csanyi, who was caught up in queues, said: “I got off the A38 at Derby and the whole carriageway was gridlocked.
“Motorists had even turned their engines off because it was obvious we weren’t going anywhere soon.”
Staffordshire Police are appealing for witnesses to telephone 0300 123 4455 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, quoting incident number 384 of January 21.