A 56-year-old Bourne man was seriously injured today when he lost control of his bicycle and fell onto the road on the Bourne Bridge, into the path of a tractor-trailer unit, officials said. The bridge was closed for an hour while Bourne firefighters extricated the victim from underneath the wheels of the truck’s cab, officials said.
According to State Police and Bourne police, around 5:40 a.m. the man was riding his bike northbound and was heading off Cape Cod while the truck driver was traveling in the opposite direction.
At the crown of the bridge, the bicyclist lost control of his bike, possibly due to gusting winds. The truck driver saw the bicyclist lose control and cut his wheels to the left in an effort to avoid hitting the man, said Bourne Police Lieutenant Richard Silvestro.
“He saw that the bicyclist appeared to be out of control,’’ Silvestro said of the truck driver. “He braked as best as he could, but the bicyclist ended up going under the near rear wheels and getting trapped.’’
Silvestro said a Bourne police officer was on the bridge at the time, saw the crash and summoned emergency aid. The bridge was closed in both directions from 5:43 a.m. until 6:42 a.m. while the extrication was performed and the highway cleared for use, officials said.
Silvestro said the State Police truck team is examining the vehicle, but it appears the cause of the crash was the bicyclists’ failure to follow the rules: “You are supposed to walk it over the bridge. He didn’t walk it over the bridge and fell into the roadway.’’
Silvestro said that even on calm days like this morning, powerful wind gusts rush across the bridge. “Even on a calm day like today, it’s still windy up there, and a good gust of wind can knock you over,’’ he said.
Silvestro said the bicyclist was flown by medical helicopter to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston for treatment of serious, but non-life threatening, injuries.
“This guy has probably ridden over the bridge a million times,’’ Silvestro said. “He’s very fortunate.’’
The name of the bicyclist was being withheld pending notification of a next of kin.