Three cyclists were hit by a tractor-trailer near Dawson Georgia on July 26. One rider, Peter Cornell, 64, was killed and the two other riders, Thomas Clark, 62, and Joseph Muscato, 60, were injured. The semi hit the three cyclists from behind, knocking them into a nearby ditch. The driver claims not to have seen the cyclists.
Devoted cyclists Clark and Muscato took a 2,400-mile bike tour in Alaska last year. Their current condition is unknown, though they were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Georgia State Police are still investigating the accident and have not determined if the driver is at fault.
Truck drivers are trained to avoid accidents by being aware of their surroundings. Many accidents involving tractor-trailers could have been avoided if the driver had maintained a safe driving distance, driven at a speed that was safe for the conditions and taken extra care while sharing the road with other vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians.
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