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'No blame' over cyclists' deaths
A cycle amid the wreckage at the scene of fatal crash in north Wales
The riders were on a 60-mile ride when the crash happened
A cyclist who survived a car crash in north Wales in which four members of a cycling club died has said it is wrong to blame anyone for what happened.

A car lost control on an icy road and skidded into the group of 12 cyclists on the A547 near Abergele on Sunday.

Maurice Broadbent, 61, from Rhuddlan, Dave Horrocks, 55, from Llanerch, Wayne Wilkes, 42, of Rhyl and Thomas Harland, 14, from Prestatyn, were killed.

But Mel Royles said the crash "was nobody's fault".

Mr Royles was at the back of the group from Rhyl Cycling Club when the crash happened at 1000 GMT on Sunday.

Eight of the cyclists were injured and four killed when the driver of a Toyota Corolla lost control on a bend, striking a wall and rebounding into the road.

Mel Royles, who survived the cycle crash
I think the sooner people start realising accidents happen the better
Mel Royles

The road had been gritted at about 1820 GMT on Saturday, but it emerged on Monday that North Wales Police requested that the road be gritted again following a minor accident, just an hour before the fatal crash.

Conwy Council has said it is examining its procedures.

But Mr Royles said blame should not be apportioned for the crash and said he felt sorry for the driver of the car involved.

"It was nobody's fault, it was an accident," he said.

"A lot of people are looking for someone to blame, whether it be the council, the car driver - it certainly wasn't the car driver.

Thomas Harland; Wayne Wilkes; Maurice Broadbent; Dave Horrocks
Clockwise top left: Thomas Harland; Wayne Wilkes; Maurice Broadbent; Dave Horrocks

"I wish the lad well. He's got a memory in his head for the rest of his life. I really do feel for him.

"The council and the gritting issue? I understand the police called them an hour earlier but they might have been out gritting all night.

"They've just got home and you can understand why it's going to take a while for the council to organise themselves and get back out there.

"I think we're sad people when we start looking to blame.

"And I think the sooner people start realising accidents happen the better."

On Tuesday, the north east Wales coroner opened and adjourned inquests into the four deaths.

A date for the full hearings has yet to be fixed.


SEE ALSO:
Crash cyclist's 'worst second'
10 Jan 06 |  North East Wales
Four cyclists killed in car crash
08 Jan 06 |  North West Wales


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