High­way crash sends cy­clist to hos­pi­tal

Lo­cal writer says he was hit by truck car­ry­ing lum­ber ex­tend­ing out to the side

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A Van­cou­ver cy­clist is re­cov­er­ing in hos­pi­tal af­ter col­lid­ing with a pickup truck that ap­peared to be car­ry­ing an im­prop­erly se­cured load of lum­ber.

Todd Nickel, a lo­cal writer and ath­lete, was cy­cling along the Sea to Sky High­way on Mon­day on what was to be his first 100-kilo­me­tre ride when he said things “went a bit, ahem, side­ways.”

Images posted to Nickel’s Twit­ter and Face­book in­di­cate Nickel col­lided with a white pickup truck car­ry­ing a load of lum­ber that was ex­tend­ing out to the side.

Nickel says the truck was trav­el­ling at an es­ti­mated 80 km/h when it hit him from be­hind.

Ac­cord­ing to Squamish RCMP, the col­li­sion took place just af­ter 11 a.m.

The high­way was closed in both di­rec­tions for some time.

“Bro­ken clav­i­cle, scapula and eight ribs, punc­tured lung but happy to be alive,” Nickel wrote in an up­date. “This hit me from be­hind go­ing 80 km/h.”

Images show a load of lum­ber on the back of a white truck that ap­pears to be im­prop­erly se­cured at the base, with the length of the lum­ber ex­tend­ing side­ways over the shoul­der of the high­way.

In a Face­book post, Nickel also in­cluded his ride-track­ing data that showed he had started in Van­cou­ver and cov­ered 70.3 km over the course of 2.5 hours be­fore be­ing struck near Bri­tan­nia Beach.

Squamish RCMP have yet to re­turn a re­quest for more in­for­ma­tion.

Postmedia News reached out to Nickel.

Last month, the B.C. gov­ern­ment upped the fine for driv­ers who open the door of their parked car into the path of a mov­ing cy­clist.

The fine for ‘door­ing’ a cy­clist was pre­vi­ously $81, but as of Sept. 21, will be in­creased to $368.

In Jan­uary 2019, a North Van­cou­ver man was killed when a parked driver opened his door and hit a cy­clist who then crashed into a sec­ond cy­clist, knock­ing the sec­ond cy­clist un­der the wheels of a truck trailer.

The driver, a then 59-yearold North Van man, was later charged with the un­safe open­ing of a car door.

Cy­clist Todd Nickel, a writer and ath­lete, was hit on Mon­day by a truck car­ry­ing a load of lum­ber that ex­tended out to the side. Nickel says the truck struck him from be­hind at an es­ti­mated speed of 80 km/h.

TODD NICKEL

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