A bicyclist was helicoptered for treatment after a Thursday morning collision with a truck in the Cave Rock Tunnel on Highway 50.
The accident was reported at 10 a.m. Tahoe Douglas Fire District medics and Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies were first on the scene.
According to investigators, a 2004 Kenworth tractor truck and trailer driven by 39-year-old Richard J. Pettay of Carson City and a single rider bicyclist 48-year-old Clarence M. Aldridge of Bakersfield, Calif., where both traveling eastbound on US 50 in the right lane and entered the tunnel with the tractor truck following the bicycle.
For reason unknown at this time Pettay did not see the bicyclist, and the front of the tractor struck the rear of the bicycle. Aldridge was thrown from the bicycle inside the tunnel. After colliding with the bicycle Pettay exited the tunnel and stopped. Aldridge came to rest inside the tunnel in the right lane. He was stabilized by EMT’s, and transported by Care Flight to Renown Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.
Pettay is cooperating with law enforcement during their investigation. The accident is still under investigation, and charges are pending. Alcohol or drugs is not a factor at this time.
There is not a bike lane inside the two lane tunnel and the speed limit is 35 mile per hour.
Trooper Chris Kelly of the Nevada Highway Patrol’s Major Accident Investigation Team is investigating this event. Witnesses or anyone else with more information can reach out to him at (775) 689-4661 or firstname.lastname@example.org regarding case number NHP-140700874.