Highway crash sends cyclist to hospital
Local writer says he was hit by truck carrying lumber extending out to the side
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.