LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A woman is facing serious injuries after she was hit and pinned under a tractor-trailer. The accident happened in front of the JIF plant on Winchester Road.
It happened just after noon on Wednesday. Witnesses tell WKYT the woman was riding her bicycle toward downtown Lexington. Whether the woman was in the bike lane or in the street is unclear, according to Lexington Police. We do know the bicyclist and truck driver were traveling side by side.
That's when we are told the truck driver made a right turn onto Zesta Lane near the JIF plant, hitting the bicyclist.
Witnesses who talked to the driver say he felt like he might have hit something and quickly realized the woman was pinned under the back wheel. Emergency crews worked for several minutes to free the woman. Fire officials tell us she was under the truck for 20 minutes after being hit. During that time, crews were stabilizing the truck to make sure nothing would fall on her and using airbags to lift it off one of her legs.
Several people witnessed the accident on Winchester Road, which is typically busy, especially during lunchtime rush hour. Some good samaritans say people even ran over and tried to help.
"Everybody was crowding around to try to help her, and that was it," said Clarence Laine, who was there when it happened. "Then EMTs arrived and did what they had to do to get the truck off the lady's leg."
The woman's name has not been released. We are told she is still recovering at UK Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.
Inbound Winchester Road was closed for an hour Wednesday afternoon due to the crash but has since been reopened. Police say they are still investigating exactly what happened.