An unidentified man who was struck down on the railway embankment just after lunch yesterday is now dead after doctors at the Georgetown Hospital failed in their bid to save him.

According to the police, the man was riding a bicycle along the railway embankment road when a route 44 minibus, BWW 283, collided with him.

After the accident, the driver of the minibus who hails from South Vryheid’s Lust ECD, is said to have picked up the victim in an unconscious state and rushed him to the hospital where he was admitted, but subsequently died.

The 29-year-old driver had told police that he was on the southern side of the railway embankment, heading to the city when the cyclist abruptly dashed out of an access road, and immediately turned into his path.
He added that the short distance between himself and the allegedly defaulting cyclist did not give him any chance to manoeuvre and thus resulting in the minibus colliding with him.

Nonetheless, the driver has since been taken into custody and was given a breathalyzer test which the police say had shown that he was not intoxicated.

Investigations into the accident are continuing, while the police are also trying to identify the deceased.