UPDATE: On Jan. 28, EPS said the 62-year-old driver of the 2014 Western Star flat-deck picker truck was charged with failure to proceed safely after stopping at an intersection under the Traffic Safety Act.
The death of a cyclist in east Edmonton prompted police to shut down a section of a busy roadway Monday afternoon.
Shortly after 3:15 p.m., police said 50 Street was closed in both directions between 93 Avenue to 98 Avenue due to a collision at the intersection of 94B Avenue.
In a news release issued Monday night, police said they believe an eastbound truck was turning south on 50 Street when it hit a cyclist.
“The 64-year-old male cyclist sustained fatal injuries on scene,” police said.
“Speed is not considered a factor.”
Brent Guthrie was on the road when he witnessed the crash.
“I saw that the truck had started turning and the bike was crossing at the same time. The bike got pinned and pulled into the wheels,” he said. “It was awful. I saw it happening and I was yelling from my truck, even though I knew nobody could hear me.”
Police said an investigation into what happened is ongoing.
A Global News crew on scene shortly after the crash said northbound traffic was being diverted to a side street. Police said they expected the street to fully reopen sometime after 9:30 p.m.
CCS Contracting Ltd. owns the crane truck spotted at the scene. When contacted by Global News on Monday, the company declined to comment.
On Tuesday, a spokesperson said the company is cooperating with the investigation and expressed sympathy to the cyclist’s family.
Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call the Edmonton Police Service at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone.
–With files from Global News’ Phil Heidenreich and Morgan Black