A London bus has killed a cyclist near the Olympic park in east London on Wednesday. The double-decker bus was transporting journalists from the Olympic park area when it hit and killed the cyclist, police and organizers have reported.
A 30 year old cyclist was pronounced dead about 30 minutes after the accident, which took place at about 7.45 p.m., according to London's Metropolitan Police force.
The tragedy happened just 1.5 kilometers to the north of where the Olympic stadium is based in Stratford, east London, near the Olympic Velodrome.
The accident caused significant delays for other transport links in and out of the park for nearly three hours as emergency services attended the scene. It was reported that ambulances as well as a helicopter-borne unit attempted to save the man, but he passed away about half an hour after being hit.
Nobody onboard the bus was injured, according to the Metropolitan Police, and nobody has been arrested in connection with the accident. An investigation has been launched into what caused the incident.
The London Olympic organizing committee said in a statement: "The police are investigating the accident and our thoughts are with the cyclist's family."
Journalists were left stranded or to make other arrangements around and out of the Olympic park following the death, as they were told all media shuttle buses put on for them had been suspended for the rest of the evening. Information was handed out to direct them how to get to venues across the park, as well as how to get to other nearby transport links and near hotels.