Cyclist in hospital after collision with pickup truck

A 40-year-old man is in critical but stable condition at Royal Inland Hospital after he collided with a pickup truck while riding a bike.

A 40-year-old man is in critical but stable condition at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops after he collided with a pickup truck while riding his mountain bike in Williams Lake.

The Williams Lake RCMP said they received a call at 8:11 p.m. Wednesday that a cyclist had collided with a vehicle.

“He was travelling on his mountain bike west bound on Pine Street and turned onto Second Avenue North and proceeded in a northbound direction,” RCMP Sgt. Rick Lebeuf said in a press release.

When officers arrived they learned the driver of a Dodge Ram pickup was travelling south bound on Second Avenue and saw the biker coming towards him at a high rate of speed.

The driver of the Dodge Ram pulled over to the right of his lane and was almost at a complete stop, when the cyclist struck the back panel on the driver’s side of the truck and was thrown from his bike as a result of the impact, Lebeuf said.

He was not wearing a helmet or protective gear and sustained injuries to his head.

BC Ambulance, Central Cariboo Search and Rescue and the Williams Lake Fire Dept. attended the scene to provide medical attention.

The injured man was taken to Cariboo Memorial Hospital by ambulance and later airlifted to Kamloops.