Vancouver cyclist in hospital after being clotheslined by pickup truck

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A Vancouver cyclist is in hospital recovering after being clotheslined from behind by an improperly secured load of lumber on a pickup truck.

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

A Vancouver cyclist is in hospital recovering after being clotheslined from behind by an improperly secured load of lumber on a pickup truck.

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

In images posted to Nickel’s Twitter and Facebook, it appears a pickup truck with a load of lumber extending out to the side had come up from behind and struck Nickel at what he estimates to be 80 kilometres an hour.

According to Squamish RCMP, the collision took place just after 11 a.m. Sunday. The highway was then 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 Sunday evening.

“F–king mad. This hit me from behind going 80 km/h.”

Images show a load of lumber on the back of a white truck that appear to be secured improperly 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 made it 70.3 kilometres over the course of two-and-a-half hours before being struck near Britannia Beach.

Squamish RCMP have not yet returned a request for more information. Postmedia has 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, the fine will be increased to $368.

In January 2019, a North Vancouver man was killed after 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-year-old North Vancouver man, was later charged with the unsafe opening of a car door.

More to come.

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