Cyclist dies in fall from Tarro overpass

A CYCLIST has fallen to his death after he was knocked over a guard rail and down an embankment by a car on the Tarro railway overpass yesterday.

The man, in his 50s, was riding west on the New England Highway about 5pm when his bicycle was struck by a Nissan Navara travelling in the same direction.

The impact sent the man falling to the rail line below.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle, a middle-aged male, was taken to Maitland Hospital for mandatory blood and urine tests.

A police operation was launched last night to recover the man’s body, which landed about 10 metres from the rail line.

Central Hunter duty officer Inspector Glenn Blain said officers from the police rescue unit were working to winch the body up the embankment. A Maitland bound train on the Hunter line was delayed after the accident and motorists heading westbound on the New England Highway faced huge traffic queues and two-hour delays as four lanes became one near the intersection of the New England and Pacific Highways.

The Newcastle Crash Investigation Unit examined the scene last night.

Inspector Blain said the man was yet to be identified last night.

Police will prepare a report for the coroner.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

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