Four Bicyclists in Port Richey, Florida are Struck By a Truck’s Lift Gate
PORT RICHEY, FL — According to an online news report at baynews9.com, four bicyclists were taken to the hospital after sustaining serious injuries in an accident that involved a truck’s lift gate. The accident occurred in Port Richey, per the Pasco County Fire Rescue team.*
Per the details on the crash, four bicyclists were injured in Pasco County where a lift gate from a truck hit four bicyclists. The driver of the truck cooperated with accident investigators, as indicated by local officials.
According to the agency, “the bicyclists were struck by the lift gate of a truck ahead of them that dislodged and fell open on Ridge Road.” The driver of the truck initially kept going under the belief that he did not realize that the lift gate from his truck struck the bicyclists. All of the bicyclists were taken to a local hospital, three of which were labelled as trauma alerts.
The accident occurred right before 7:30 p.m. when a Florida Cancer Specialists 18-wheeler was going in an easterly direction on Ridge Road when the gate of his truck fell, which ultimately struck the bikers on the sidewalk.
Per local authorities, there were seven individuals who were biking together, but three of the riders were able to avoid being struck by the gate.
"It’s not every day you (have) a vehicle crash with that many people at one time," Port Richey Police Capt. Michael Koch said. "And from a projecting object from a vehicle, it’s just fortunate we don’t have more people injured with the number present."
According to the police, the trucker kept going after the accident happened. It is not fully known whether he knew what had occurred. The driver is currently cooperating with the police, authorities noted. At this time, the truck driver is not being charged. The accident continues to remain under investigation. There are no further details on the accident. The nature of the bicyclists’ injuries is currently unknown.
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