Two cyclists died after being hit by a coach on the A595 at Moota in Cumbria on Sunday.

The two as-yet-unnamed riders identified by Cumbria police as being in their twenties and from the local area were in collision with the coach just before 2.55pm on Sunday, December 5, whilst out riding on the A595 toward Cockermouth.

Both of the men died at the scene.

The 42-year-old driver of the vehicle was arrested by police under suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and was taken to Workington Police Station to be interviewed. He was released on bail until February 6, 2011.

Cumbria Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident, who are encouraged to contact West Cumbria Roads Policing Unit on 0845 33 00 247.

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  • Boris
  • Anna

    If Sid is still amused by ‘Cockermouth’ then he obviously missed the news last year when it was in the news for the floods and every possible joke about the name was done. Having said that Christian was never one to miss a joke to enjoy this as he would have done:

  • Sid

    What town were they heading to ” Cockermouth”

  • Anna

    The 2 killed were actually brothers, I can’t imagine how their parents are coping.

    Christian was a very keen cyclist. They were cycling a route that he often did for fun with his youngest brother. Christian was a close friend of my brother; he loved to ride and I know my brother will miss cycling around country roads near Cockermouth, Lorton and the north lakes and throwing themselves down the off road tracks. It wasn’t that long ago Christian had to dress my brothers injuries from a trip to Whinlatter but they were always sensible on the roads.

    Hopefully they didn’t know what happened and just enjoyed a good rid as a couple of brothers out for a regular bike ride together.

  • John Duley

    Same old same old. Seven killed in Italy, two in GB. Life is cheaper than property, so don’t hold your breath for a change in the next hundred years!
    What must their poor famalies be going through?

  • adam

    Again, so sorry to hear this. Thoughts go out to fmaily and friends….

  • SwimBikeRun

    That’s horrible for the familys my heart goes out to them.

    I must second the last comment its a nasty road stay off it.

  • Alan F

    Quote ‘… drivers have got to be held more accountable for their actions.’
    It is utterly impossible to argue with that sentiment. However, what chances are there in the UK that courts will hold drivers accountable for their driving actions and decisions? Remember Rhyl? A driver goes out onto demonstrably icy roads, already aware that 3 of his 4 tyres are defective, (somewhat predictably) loses control on a bend and collides with a club run, killing four. His comeuppance? A fine approximately equal to the cost of a set of new tyres. Years later I still seethe at the message that decision sent to the motoring fraternity.

  • CumbrianMan

    Condolences to the families of the two poor chaps.

    Speaking from experience, that is one dangerous road !! Always avoid it myself, as the cars go past so fast. It’s bad enough just crossing over it.

    What with this and the fatalities in Italy, drivers have got to be held more accountable for their actions.