The scene of the fatal cycling accident at Dibble's Bridge. Photo: UWFRA

The scene of the fatal cycling accident at Dibble's Bridge. Photo: UWFRA

A cyclist has died after falling 50ft from a bridge in the Yorkshire Dales.

Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association members were called out about 8.30am today to the incident at Dibble’s Bridge near Hebden.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service requested the team’s help at the site, and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance also flew to the scene, an accident black spot on the B6265 between Grassington and Pateley Bridge.

Fifteen members of the mountain rescue team attended the incident. A UWFRA spokesperson said the rider fell 15m from the bridge. “Sadly, the cyclist had sustained fatal injuries and the team was stood down while the police accident investigation took place,” the spokesperson said.

“The team, many of whom are active cyclists, would like to offer their sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.”

In August last year, Skipton cyclist James Nelson died in an accident at Dibble’s Bridge. His body was found next to the stream under the bridge.

It was also the site of one of Britain’s worst coach disasters when 33 passengers on a vehicle from Thornaby-on-Tees left the road and plunged into a garden after its brakes failed on the steep descent from Greenhow 40 years ago.

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