APACHE COUNTY — Four bicyclists with The Ability Experience were transported to Summit Healthcare around 9 a.m. June 25 with unknown minor to serious injuries.
A witness who asked not to be named said she was heading westbound into Show Low on U.S. 61 at Apache County Road 3148 when she saw an eastbound matte black pickup truck pulling a trailer heading in the opposite direction. She said the group of cyclists was heading eastbound in the same direction as the pickup and trailer.
The witness said that it appeared to her as though the driver of the pickup truck possibly failed to see them and in her words, "plowed right into them" at the intersection of County Road 3148 and U.S. 61.
When the driver of the truck hit the cyclists, the witness said they flew into the air "like popcorn," hitting the ground hard.
When The Independent arrived on scene, other cyclists with the group were holding up a blanket to shelter one injured cyclist.
Two others were nearby and another sitting at the stop sign at the intersection of 3148 and U.S. 61, all being comforted and attended to by fellow cyclists.
Within minutes emergency medical help via the Vernon Fire Department, Concho Fire Department and St. Johns Emergency Services ambulance arrived.
A Native Air helicopter from Summit Healthcare was there if needed, but all four injured cyclists were taken by ground ambulance to the hospital.
Officers with the Apache County Sheriff's Office as well as the Arizona Department of Public Safety arrived to handle traffic and begin an investigation into the accident.
The U.S. Forest Service provided traffic control in conjunction with the other responding agencies.
Police at the scene did not say if anyone was cited.
More details coming as available.