LAS VEGAS, Nevada — A box truck crashed into a group of bicyclists riding along a highway Thursday morning just outside Las Vegas, killing five people and injuring four others, one critically.
The group of about 20 cyclists were traveling south on U.S. 95 at about 9:30 a.m. when the crash occurred, NBC News reports. The cyclists were in two groups, with the slower riders trailing a Subaru hatchback that was accompanying the riders, according to the New York Times.
The Times reports the cyclists were participating in an annual tradition in which they ride about 130 miles, staring in Henderson, Nev., going through Searchlight to Nipton, Calif., then returning to Henderson.
Thursday morning, the box truck, which was traveling south, crashed into the group of slower riders, then also hit the Subaru, troopers with the Nevada Highway Patrol tell the Times. The Subaru was pushed forward and hit some of the riders in front.
Four men and one woman died at the scene, the Reno Gazette Journal reports. The identities of the victims have not been released. The speed limit on the section of highway where the crash occurred is 75 mph, the Times reports.
The driver of the box truck was not hurt in the crash. Reports say the driver remained at the scene and was cooperating with investigators. Troopers said the drive showed no signs of impairment, according to reports.
“It doesn’t appear to be impairment,” Nevada Highway Patrol spokesman Jason Buratczuk tells the Gazette Journal. “It appears to be a tragic accident.”
Clay Weeks, an employee at a bike shop in Nevada, tells the Gazette Journal that the cyclists were on a “retirement ride” for one of the riders.
“We’ve talked to a couple people who were on the ride,” Weeks said. “Obviously everybody is super upset and distraught. It’s pretty horrific that something like this would happen. There’s really no words.”
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