A driver who may have been blinded by the sun runs into a group of cyclists at West End, in inner-city Brisbane, injuring five people, including one who has critical head injuries.
It is believed the car was doing a U-turn in front of the five cyclists and that glare from the sun may have blinded the driver before the incident on Dornoch Terrace, about 6.20am.
The cyclists, aged between 45 and 55, have been injured, including broken bones and concussion.
The 45-year-old in the group has critical head injuries and has been taken to the Princess Alexandra hospital.
The four others were transported to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.
Witnesses said a large group of cyclists do weekly rides down the street.
David Shelberg said he was in front of the group and his wife went down behind him.
She has been taken to hospital, but is not badly injured.
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Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman Matt Davis said it was quite fortunate no-one was killed.
“They’ve all been exceptionally lucky, certainly given the mechanism involved and of course we have high concerns for any cyclist who’s been struck by a car,” he said.
“What we do know is that the car was essentially turning out onto the road and didn’t have visibility of the cyclists, so that’s, we’re assuming, what’s resulted in the accident.”
Police investigations are underway.