Garbage truck strikes, severely injures bicyclist


ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Another bicyclist has been hit and seriously injured in Albuquerque and officials say a garbage truck involved.

The crash happened just after 7 Friday morning at the corner of Lomas and Yale.

Police have not said yet how the garbage truck and bike crossed paths, or who was at fault. They said the truck driver stopped immediately after the crash and called 911.

Albuquerque police said the female bicyclist had significant injuries to her arms and legs. She was taken to UNM Hospital and is in critical condition.

The Solid Waste Department said the are fully cooperating with the investigation and say there thoughts are with the bicyclist and her family.

They say the driver has worked with the department for over eight years.

This crash is the second in in less than 24 hours where a bicyclist has been seriously injured.

Thursday afternoon, a man on a bike was hit at fourth and Montano in the north valley. That driver took off, but police eventually caught up with them a few blocks away.

The driver was taken into custody on suspicion of drunk driving. At this point, that driver’s name has not been released.

Also this week, a man riding his bicycle in Santa Fe was hit and killed by the Rail Runner.

Joseph Salazar, 41, was riding on a sidewalk that crosses the track, but does not have crossing arms.

The state is looking at whether it’s a big enough problem that they need to make some changes.

And Bernalillo County deputies are also still looking for the driver who hit Michael Wolff who was riding his bike near Wdgewood earlier this month.

Deputies believe it was an older 1990′s Ford truck possibly a septic or propane truck.

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