WASHINGTON (WUSA) --A Metropolitan Police Department spokesperson says a lumber truck ran over a bicyclist on Tuesday morning at 11th and U Street NW.
The cyclist, who was riding a red Capital Bike Share bicycle, was injured when a truck turned into him while both were headed south on 11th Street. The cyclist was dragged under the bed of the truck for about 30 feet and run over by three axles.
"I've never seen anything like that in my life," said Lee Whack who witnessed the accident. "First he was hit by the front wheels, then the back wheels hit him. He rolled over several times. He was moving but you could tell he was in horrific pain."
The cyclist was reportedly not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision. He was badly injured and taken to the hospital. His condition is unknown at this time.
An accident reconstruction team was on the scene for two hours. Streets were closed (1000 and 1100 block of U Street in both directions and 1900 & 2000 block of V Street in both directions) but all roads were later reopened.
Thetruck driver could be charged once the investigation is completed.
This is the 17th reported accident out of 1.5 million rides for the Capital Bikeshare program. Part of the program's appeal is the grab and go convenience. Now, John Lisle with the District's Department of Transportation says they're trying to extend that convenience to helmets.
"What we've piloted so far is to make helmets available in some of the hotels in town so the hotels can provide them to the guests. We are hoping to expand that," said Lisle.