UPDATE: Cyclist killed by truck on St. Denis St.

The 33-year-old woman was riding on the main roadway when she was hit, not on the elevated walkway, police say.
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A 33-year-old woman was killed while riding her bicycle this morning in Rosemont this morning.

The accident happened under the CP Rail overpass on St. Denis St. just south of Des Carrières St.

The cyclist was apparently knocked off her bicycle by a flatbed truck, and then hit again by the same vehicle.

She was pronounced dead on the scene.

The 23-year-old driver was questioned, but no charges have been laid.

Plateau mayor Luc Ferrandez said existing laws contributed to this morning's fatal accident, since there is no legal and safe way to ride along St-Denis in that area.

His Rosemont La Petite Patrie counterpart Francois Croteau says four of 10 underpasses linking the two boroughs have been made safe.

But more has to be done, including securing the crossing over the CP tracks separating them.

"CP has to answer rapidly, and the government of Canada has to answer rapidly too," he said. "We are also asking that the new Minister of Transport [of Quebec] give us the power to [deal] with this situation." 

Both mayors want the highway safety code either modified or uneforced to let cyclists use the sidewalk flanking the underpass safely.

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