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Witnesses have described the "terrible" scene in Victoria on Thursday morning after a cyclist was killed in a collision with a lorry.

The woman, believed to be in her 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after emergency services arrived to the incident at around 8am, at the corner of Bressenden Place and Victoria Street.

London Ambulance Service, police and London Fire Brigade were called to the scene and found the woman unresponsive.

Witnesses at the scene described hearing a loud sound as the woman's bike was pulled under the lorry.

Emergency services remained on the scene and a police tent was erected while blue tarpaulin blocked the scene from the view of the public.

As hundreds of commuters made their way to work in the busy area they described hearing a “loud crunch”.

Cornel, a Big Issue seller, told getwestlondon: "I was standing right opposite where it happened and I just heard a loud crunch as the bike was pulled underneath the lorry.

"It’s really terrible.

"Since I’ve been in this spot there haven’t been any accidents here but it was going to happen. There’s a lot of building work going on but they should put a little cycle lane, it’s so dangerous."

The scene is just 100m away from where gifted Maida Vale scientist Dr Katherine Giles died when her bike was pulled under the wheels of a truck at the junction of Victoria Street and Palace Street.

A fruit seller opposite the scene said he heard a crunch and saw the lorry driver stop and get out of his cab with a look of horror on his face.

A woman waiting for Billy Elliot tickets outside the Victoria Palace Theatre, next to the scene, said: “I was so worried because people were saying two cyclists were hit and my daughter and her boyfriend were cycling into town today to buy some tickets.

“It’s so awful, that poor woman’s family.

"I think it should be part of the driving test to cycle on a road to realise how dangerous it can be.”

On Twitter, people expressed their sorrow following the incident, with one saying: “Seeing the tarp was the clincher. Horrible thing to see, my thoughts are with cyclists family and driver.”

A police spokesman said: “Officers, London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade attended and found an unresponsive woman in her 30s. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Officers from Westminster are currently investigating. Enquires continue.”

Builders in the area around Victoria Station, which is under heavy construction, said the Gordon lorry had not come from their site.

Bressenden Place was closed and there were reports of long delays eastbound, between the Lower Grosvenor Place junction and the Victoria Street junction, as well as down Victoria Street to Palace Street. Traffic backed up on Grosvenor Place to Hyde Park Corner and on Park Lane to Marble Arch.

Diversions were put in place for bus routes 2, 11, 24, 36, 148, 211 and 436.