42-year-old cyclist killed by truck in Thessaloniki


A 42-year-old woman was killed by a truck while cycling in the northern port city of Thessaloniki Tuesday.

Police identified the woman as Dimitra Iordanidou, an athlete who represented Greece in past marathons in Stockholm and in Nagano, Japan, and more recently competed in triathlons.

According to an eyewitness who spoke to a local news website, Iordanidou was cycling on central Grigoriou Lambraki Street shortly after 8 a.m. when a truck ahead of her turned onto another road. She ran into the vehicle and ended up wedged under its wheels. She died in the ambulance on the way to the Papageorgiou Hospital of severe head injuries.

The Greek Athletics Federation (SEGAS) said the news of Iordanidou’s death “caused immense sadness to the track-and-field family,” and expressed its condolences to the athlete’s family.