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Cyclist struck by car has serious injuries

Highway 97 has just been reopened in Vernon after a cyclist was hit early Thursday morning.

According to Vernon RCMP the cyclist was coming out of an alley between Earls and Sir Winston’s pub -- near the junction with Highway 6 -- when he collided with a northbound vehicle around 5:30 a.m.

“A cyclist was coming out of an alley, crossing over the northbound lanes of Highway 97 (also known as 32nd Street). A vehicle travelling northbound had very little reaction time and collided with the bicycle,” says RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk.

“The cyclist went up over the hood and sustained fairly serious injuries and has been transported to Vernon hospital. We are concerned about the injuries that this individual sustained and have brought in our crash analyst to continue the investigation.”

Molendyk says the cyclist was a male in his mid-20’s and was wearing dark clothing and no safety helmet. He is believed to have suffered a punctured lung and some possible internal injuries.

The driver of the vehicle stopped at the crash scene and no charges have been laid at this time.

Alcohol and drugs have also been ruled out as a factor in the crash.

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