Girl, 14, the sixth cyclist killed in Amsterdam this year
A 14-year-old girl was killed when she was hit by a truck while cycling in Amsterdam on Thursday morning. She is the 6th cyclist to be killed in the city this year.
The accident happened around 10:25 a.m. at the intersection Beukenweg with Oosterpark, according to AT5. Eye witnesses state that the girl was cycling across the intersection and the truck was turning. She ended up beneath the wheels of the truck.
As in all serious accidents, the police are investigating the circumstances surrounding it.
According to RTV Noord-Holland, the girl attended the Pieter Nieuwland College in Amsterdam. The school cancelled all lessons for Friday, but will be open for students who wish to grieve together.
"Students and staff are shocked and deeply sad that such a young life had to end in such an abrupt manner", the school wrote in a statement.
With six cyclists killed in traffic accidents so far, 2016 already surpassed the previous three years. Last year three cyclists died in traffic accidents in the city. In 2014 there were five and in 2013 three.
According to AT5, the crossing where Thursday's accident happened is currently not on Amsterdam's black spot list. The list contains the most dangerous intersections in the city.
Amsterdam Black Spots 2016, according to AT5:
|1||Jodenbreedstraat / Valkenburgerstraat||Intersection|
|2||Linnaeusstraat / Wijttenbachweg||Intersection|
|3||Middenweg / Kruislaan||Intersection|
|4||Radarweg / Hanedastraat||Intersection|
|5||Pieter Calandlaan / Jan Puntstraat||Intersection|
|6||Overtoom / Rijtuigenhof||Intersection|
|7||Middenweg / A10 On- Off ramp||Intersection|
|8||Prins Hendrikkade (between Martelaarsgracht and Damrak)||Road section|
|9||Piet Heinkade (between De Ruijterkade and Blauwhoedenveem)||Road section|
|10||Nassaukade (between Nassauplein and Eerste Nassaustraat)||Road section|
|11||Haarlemmerweg (between Kijkduinstraat and Livornostraat)||Road section|
|12||Koninginneweg (between Emmalaan and Brachthuijzerstraat)||Road section|
|13||Stadhouderskade (between Eerste van der Helststraat and Nicolaas Berchemstraat)||Road section|
|14||Nieuwe Hemweg (street off main route Nieuwe Hemweg at Neptunushaven)||Road section|
|15||Piet Hein tunnel||Road section|