Bicyclist injured in collision with truck on Berlin Turnpike

Published on Wednesday, 21 March 2018 18:10
Written by Charles Paullin


NEWINGTON - A Wethersfield bicyclist was taken to a hospital after being hit by a tractor-trailer truck around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The unidentified man, described by Newington police as in his 50s, was traveling on the shoulder of the northbound side of the Berlin Turnpike, according to witness accounts.

It was unclear if the truck drifted into the bicyclist, or if the bicyclist drited into the path of the truck, police said.

Police said they think the bicyclist drifted from the shoulder and his bike was grabbed by the wheels of the truck, propelling the rider over the handlebars and into the air.

It was unclear if speed was a factor in the collision, police said. The speed limit on the Berlin Turnpike is 50 mph.

The bicyclist, who was not wearing a helmet, hit his head and cut his hand but was talking to police following the accident.

The driver of the truck, from Thames River Recycling Inc., declined to comment.

No charges have yet been filed and the accident remains under investigation.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, Newington on Wednesday, 21 March 2018 18:10. Updated: Wednesday, 21 March 2018 18:13.