A CYCLIST was killed in a Tyneside road smash.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene this afternoon after his bike was involved in a crash with a lorry.
The cyclist was travelling along Western Approach, in South Shields, when the crash occurred.
Police closed Western Approach and nearby Commercial Road for several hours, warning motorists to find alternative routes.
A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: “Officers were called to Western Approach at just after 1.30pm following reports of a collision between a cyclist and a Volvo tipper wagon.
“Western Approach and Commercial Road were closed as officers attended the scene along with the fire service and the ambulance service. The cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.”
The man’s identity is not yet known.
Police have asked any witnesses to contact them on 03456 043 043.