Cyclist falls under truck |

Cyclist falls under truck

Christina Proctor

A Davis, Calif. man was critically injured Thursday when his bicycle fell underneath a construction truck trailer on U.S. Highway 50.

Sean Ford was listed in critical but stable condition in Washoe Medical Center’s intensive care unit Sunday.

According to the Nevada Highway Patrol report, Ford, 37, and another cyclist were riding in a construction zone between Cave Rock and Vista Point around 1:15 p.m. The westbound lanes of traffic were closed for the construction, and traffic was split in the eastbound lanes. Witnesses said the bicyclists saw the Granite Construction semi-truck coming and pulled off onto the dirt shoulder of the highway to allow the driver to pass. Sgt. Mike Simon said as the truck was passing Ford appeared to wobble and then fell over into the travel lane.

“It was a diesel semi pulling two trailers. The last set of tires ran over his upper body,” Simon said. “This was a true accident. It is just one of those things that unfortunately happen.”

Investigators said that Ford had clipless pedals, which secure a specially outfitted shoe to the pedal. Clipless pedals can sometimes make it hard for a rider to remove their feet from the pedal.

Simon said the driver of the truck, a 45-year-old Sparks resident, was quite shaken by the incident.

“He was keeping an eye on the bicyclists in his mirror,” Simon said, adding that no citations are being considered.

Ford was transported to Carson-Tahoe Hospital and then airlifted to Washoe Medical Center.

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