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Holidaying Sydney motorcyclist dies after being hit by bus in India

Damage to the bus that claimed the life of Sydney motorcyclist Matthew Ridley testifies to the force of the collision. ABC
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A Sydney man who had just begun touring India by motorbike has been killed in a horror smash just outside New Delhi.

Matthew Anthony Ridley, 26, had just started his holiday with two fellow motorbike enthusiasts.

The trio, from Sydney, hired India-made Royal Enfields and had reached the outskirts of the capital on their way to Agra when Mr Ridley was hit by a bus.

The Australian was taken taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Mr Ridley’s two friends were uninjured.

Several heavy vehicles were involved in the crash, which local police say may have been caused by poor visibility on the roads.

India police say a blanket of smog reduced visibilty and may well have played a part in the tragedy.

“It was dense smog at the time of the accident,” local police officer Farmood Ali Pundir told the ABC.

Pollution has drastically reduced visibility on the roads around New Delhi in recent weeks.

The bus driver, who police say was speeding, has been charged with negligent driving.

-ABC