Cyclist dies after falling on highway

Police are still trying to piece together how a Greymouth man died while out cycling about 11.30am yesterday.

Initial reports suggested that Brian Flanagan, aged in his early 70s, had been struck by a car on the South Beach overhead bridge, but West Coast police area commander Inspector John Canning said this morning "at this stage of the investigation we do not believe any other vehicles were involved."

A post-mortem examination was to be carried out today to determine the cause of death.

The Greymouth Star understands that motorists stopped and began to perform CPR on Mr Flanagan as he lay on the road. Police said in a statement today initial inquiries suggested he fell from his bike and died soon after.

State highway 6 was closed for a time and traffic was diverted via Shantytown and the Arorangi Scenic Reserve for about two hours.

- Viv Logie, Greymouth Star

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