Bicycle-pickup accident sends one to HCMH
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

July 7, 2006 -- A midmorning bicycle ride between two friends ended abruptly Friday morning when a vehicle struck one of the bikes.

One man was taken to Hopkins County Memorial Hospital for treatment of what police described as "serious but not life-threatening injuries."

According to police, the two men were out on a friendly bike ride, traveling along East Shannon Road enjoying the cooler Friday morning air, when the accident occurred around 6:45.

The driver of a Nissan pickup also traveling east on Shannon Road at first was unable to see the bicyclists, his vision obscured by the early morning sun. When he saw the bicyclists, riding two abreast, he was too close to avoid a collision in front of the Starplex movie theater. He swerved and avoided one of the riders but clipped the other. 

Sulphur Springs firefighters and Hopkins County Emergency Medical Services personnel were dispatched to the location. The injured bike rider was taken by ambulance to the hospital.

He appeared to have an upper torso and facial injury in addition to abrasions from contact with the road.

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