Bicyclist was 'critically injured' after being hit by a car in Vernon this morning. (Mark Danzi)
VERNON, CT (WFSB) -
A bicyclist suffered "serious injuries" after police said he was struck by a motor vehicle in Vernon on Thursday morning.
The crash happened in the area of East Main Street, which is also known as Route 74, and Court Street around 9:30 a.m.
"We didn't hear it, but I noticed the traffic backing up and the cops coming by," Nicole Ramsey, who is a vendor at Vernon Farmers Market, said.
Police said the unidentified male bicyclist in his mid-20s was rushed to Hartford Hospital where police said he was "conscious but has serious injuries."
"People are trying to walk and ride their bikes, and people are going too fast. People need to slow down a little bit and pay attention," Ramsey said. "This seems to be an area where a lot of accidents seem to be happened."
The Metro Traffic Services unit for Vernon Police Department is assisting the crash and is working to determine the cause. They were out on the scene for several hours.
Police said it's the same stretch of road where a 27-year-old women was hit while riding a motorized bicycle at the end of July. Security cameras at the Rockville Corner Market captured a few seconds leading up to the crash and the moment the bike launched into the air.
That crash happened the same day as a farmer's market. The same thing was happening on Thursday. Vendors called the stretch of East Main Street "dangerous" because it's so busy.
"It's sad, it's sad," Linda Benoit, who is a vendor at Vernon Farmers Market, said.
East Main Street was closed near the Court Street intersection until around 11:45 a.m. The road has since reopened to traffic.
The identities of the bicyclist and the driver have yet to be released by authorities. Police are working to notify the families.
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