Bicyclist suffers serious injuries after colliding with vehicle during triathlon

By Ben Holbrook | May 13, 2014
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Belfast — A local man suffered serious, but non-life-threatening injuries after a vehicle pulled in front of his bicycle during the Waldo County YMCA triathlon.

Belfast Police Chief Mike McFadden said Joe Anderson was riding his bicycle during the triathlon Saturday, May 10, at 9:50 a.m. on Belmont Avenue. As Anderson was descending a hill a vehicle pulled out of a driveway across from the Belfast Curling Club.

The driver of the vehicle looked both ways before pulling out into the road, but because it was raining hard at that time of day, McFadden said the driver did not see Anderson coming down the hill.

Anderson, who estimated he was traveling at about 35 mph as he rode down the hill on Belmont Avenue, was unable to avoid colliding with the vehicle. The impact threw Anderson onto the windshield of the vehicle before he then struck the pavement, McFadden said.

McFadden said Anderson suffered serious, but non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the collision and that he was taken by ambulance to Waldo County General Hospital for treatment.

The windshield of the vehicle was broken and the fender area was also damaged McFadden said.

The collision is still being investigated, but McFadden said alcohol was not a factor in the crash. At this time, there are no charges pending against the driver, he said.

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