The Virginia State Police are looking for a tractor trailer that fled the scene after hitting two bicyclists. The accident occurred on Route 106 approximately one mile south of Old Union Road in Charles City County.
According to police, the tractor trailer was traveling northbound when it attempted to pass a group of four bicyclists, who were also traveling northbound. After the tractor trailer driver crossed the double solid line into the southbound lane, it swerved back into the north lane to avoid a head-on collision with a Ford F-150 pickup truck and hit the bicyclists. The pickup driver ran off the right side of the road in order to avoid hitting the tractor-trailer, which did not stop.
The cousin of one of the injured men told police that she and the fourth bicyclist attended to both victims for almost an hour before EMT’s arrived. The men were taken by Med-Flight to VCU Medical Center, where the witness said her cousin was in surgery for eight hours. The driver of the pick-up truck was not injured.
The victims were wearing safety helmets when they were hit. The group was participating in the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation's Cap2Cap Ride, which had over a thousand bicyclists registered.
The State Police are investigating the accident. Witnesses described the cab of the tractor being red in color and the trailer being white in color and anyone with information on the tractor trailer is asked to contact state police at (804) 553-3445.
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