Six cyclists have been injured, five seriously, after colliding with a car in Sydney's southeast. The accident happened on Southern Cross Drive at Eastlakes about 8.30am AEDT today.
We’ve been telling the government for ages that this stretch of road needs bike lanes, but we’ve continually been ignored. It’ll take someone being killed before they do anything about it.
All six cyclists were taken to hospital. The driver was also taken to Prince of Wales hospital for a mandatory check.
The riders, who were part of a regular morning bunch ride along the well-trafficked road, were on their way home in a northbound direction. It remains unclear how the accident took place.
Eastern Suburbs Cycling Club, the club that had convened the ride, issued the following statement on its Facebook page shortly after the incident.
"There has been a crash city bound on Southern Cross Drive at Wentworth Drive a number of ESCC members are affected. Thoughts are with the affected riders."
A distressed club president Frank Conceicao later told The Sydney Morning Herald that the incident had been "an accident waiting to happen" and had occurred after repeated calls by the ESCC and other clubs petitioning the NSW State Government to build supporting infrastructure along the route north and south for cyclists.
"We’ve been telling the (NSW State) Government for ages that this stretch of road needs bike lanes, but we’ve continually been ignored," he said.
"It’ll take someone being killed before they do anything about it."
According to Fairfax Media, the metropolitan crash investigation unit will be looking into the incident, alongside Botany Bay police, led by Inspector William Darnell.
Police are appealing to witnesses of the incident to come forward.
Police and emergency vehicles at the aftermath of the incident on Southern Cross Dr, Botany. Image: (Supplied)