A 49-year-old bicyclist is in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after a collision with a dump truck at the Interstate 5 on ramp at Yale Avenue and Howell Street at 8:30am this morning according to the Seattle Bike Blog.
The Seattle Police Department is searching for the driver of a blue and grey tandem dump truck that they say ran over the cyclist and left the bicycle accident scene. They are asking anyone with knowledge of the accident or the dump truck to call them at 9-1-1.
Police are not sure if this was a hit-and run accident or if the driver was unaware that a bicyclist was hit.
Driving a big rig tractor-trailer requires a skilled operator. Maneuvering a tandem trailer rig through city streets takes a lot of skill and keen concentration. Drivers are required to have a commercial driver’s license and should be trained to watch for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Big rig trucks with trailers are dangerous vehicles and the bicyclists and pedestrians are especially vulnerable around them on city street. Earlier this month, an 88-year-old pedestrian was struck and later died after he was hit by a dump truck as he crossed 2nd Avenue West and Mercer street in downtown Seattle.
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