Today I dropped a chain riding down a significant hill leading to a shorter steep hill. I dropped the chain to the outside so I tried shifting to the small ring to grab it and spin it back on...didn't work. so I pulled over a quarter of the way up the steep hill in someone's driveway just past a T-intersection. My buddies rolled up and stopped behind me. I got the chain back on and was getting ready to get back on the road. Just as I lifted my pedal to push out, I looked out to the road to see what traffic may be there. I saw a cyclist coming down the steep hill. He yells, "nooooo"; locks up; I look ahead of him. A pickup had pulled across his lane attempting a left turn without seeing him approaching. The cyclist scrubbed maybe 1or 2 mph before crumpling into the truck at probably 30mph. He dropped to the pavement and didn't move. The bike fork snapped and separated from his bike. The bike bounced away. He was laying on his side in a fetal position, his left, down-side arm pointing back. His right arm was tucked between his legs. It is a two lane road with two-way traffic; a popular ride for its rolling hills and scenic landscape. I rushed over to him and tried to talk to him so see if he was conscious and see if i could help him in anyway. One of my friends went to talk to the truck's occupants who had stopped and pulled off the road. They came over to see how the cyclist was. At this point more traffic approached. My other friend started to direct traffic around the accident since the rider was still in the road. He was breathing; but not responding to questions. I tried just talking to him to see if he was there. He looked awkward in the crumpled up position. His arm was clearly broken. I couldn't see other signs of injury save a little road rash and some bruising. But he must have cracked some ribs and may have done something serious to his spine. His helmet was intact and still on his head. I started to try get his backpack off, but stopped as it wasn't going to happen without moving him. I wanted to get him onto his back but was afraid to move him. One of the first drivers coming by stopped and pulled over. She had not seen the accident but offered to call 911; I said yes, please! She initiated the call but ended up handing it to me. I talked to 911 a bit explaining what we saw and how it happened. An off-duty emt and nurse drove by shortly after and took responsibility for his care [not that i had been able to do anything; I felt pretty helpless]. He was in shock and didn't come around for 5 -10 minutes. The truck driver was shaking and very upset. She didn't see him until he hit her. Police and rescue arrived shortly after. We gave info to the cops. The cyclist was put on a board, loaded, and taken off to hospital.
we continued our ride slowly and talked about the accident
this was a humbling, scary experience
please ride as safely as you can