Bike safety in light of an accident involving a tanker truck

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Witnesses described a gruesome scene where a bicyclist was seriously injured in Lexington. Police say a tanker truck hit her and pinned her leg underneath the wheels.

It happened Wednesday afternoon along Winchester Road in front of the JIF plant. Police are still investigating what led to the crash.

A bicyclist is still recovering here a UK Hospital after police tell us she was hit by a tanker truck. Firefighters say that bicyclist suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries. In light of that accident, WKYT looked into bicycle safety and what both bicyclists and drivers could do to stay safe on the road.

On a busy street like Winchester Road, there's always a danger for drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists alike.

"I think we want to encourage people to watch out for one another on the roadways," said Kenzie Gleason, with Bike Lexington.

People with an organization called Bike Lexington say safety goes beyond obeying traffic signals and the law. As for Wednesday accident, the preliminary investigation shows the tractor trailer and bicyclist were traveling side by side. Everything suddenly changed when the truck made a right turn.

"You need to be aware of where they are in relationship to where your vehicle is and where you're turning across their path," said Gleason.

Unfortunately for the bicyclist, we are told she couldn't stop in time. It's an example of what could happen to anyone, riding in Lexington.

"Assume that motorists may not see you, and you have to bike defensively just as you might drive defensively," said Gleason.

So what's the moral of the story? Go the extra mile and watch out for each other.

As for this case, police say no charges have been filed against the driver.

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