Cyclist in Australia run over by 'at least six' trucks

Hit-and-run victim was riding at night without lights

A cyclist killed in a hit-and-run road accident in south-east Australia is believed to have been run over by at least six trucks.

Police say the 73-year-old, who has not been named, was cycling along the Dukes Highway south-east of Adelaide when the incident occured. He did not have any lights on his bike, even though it was 9.30pm.

Officers say the man either crashed or was knocked from his bike, and was then run over by at least six lorries. Country Fire Service volunteer Sandra Fawcett told local news site Adelaide Now that the crash scene was "horrific, and the worst I've ever seen".

Police believe truck drivers had radio conversations about what happened, and have urged them to get in touch. Three men have already come forward with information but officers have appealed for more haulage firms to contact them.

The accident happened 5km west of Coonalpyn on Monday night. Inspector Philip Newitt, from the major crash investigation branch, said: "Some of the witnesses we have spoken to thus far have stated that discussion on the high frequency radio centred on a man riding a bike near Coonalpyn."

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