Cyclist airlifted to hospital after 'dust cloud' leads to Cumberland crash
A mountain biker struck by a vehicle in Cumberland was airlifted to Victoria General Hospital with extensive lower body injuries Wed., June 12, 2019. (CTV Vancouver Island)
CTV Vancouver Island
Published Wednesday, June 12, 2019 4:17PM PDT
Last Updated Thursday, June 13, 2019 7:57AM PDT
A mountain biker was airlifted to hospital after being struck by a vehicle on a gravel road in Cumberland.
First responders were called to a section of Bevan Road for a report of an injured cyclist at around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.
A car trying to pass a gravel truck collided with a cyclist heading the other way, said Cumberland Fire Chief Mike Williamson.
Both the car and the cyclist travelled off the road and into a ditch, with the mountain biker suffering "quite bad" lower-body injuries including broken bones, according to Williamson.
An air ambulance arrived within minutes and transported the still-conscious cyclist to Vancouver General Hospital.
Williamson said kicked-up dust likely played a role in the crash, obscuring the field of vision for the cyclist, gravel truck driver and the driver of the car.
Bevan Road is a popular mountain biking area that is also home to a number of gravel pits.