Five bicyclists on a “senior citizen ride” were hit to death by a truck on a Nevada highway, local police said.
Interstate 95 is closed after at least five people died and four others were injured in the crash. The victims were from a group of 20 cyclists celebrating the retirement of a fellow cyclist. They had decided to make a 130-mile trip together through Nevada and California, the Reno Gazette Journal reported.
Authorities said the cyclists were riding on the side of a stretch of Interstate 95 near Boulder City when a closed-body truck struck them from behind. “This is the worst thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” Michael Anderson, one of the cyclists, told the newspaper.
Four men and a woman died at the scene. One of the injured cyclists was hospitalized in critical condition. An escort car with its flashers on was following the group of Americans. But at some point several riders fell behind the car to get away from the wind. The driver of the escort car was also among the wounded.
The van driver remained on the spot and was not injured. The cause of the accident has not yet been determined.