Six cyclists ‘critical’ after truck ploughs into them during race – with driver shot by police

Six cyclists are in a critical condition after being hit by a truck in Arizona, with the driver chased down and shot by police.

It happened at about 7.25am (3.25pm UK time) in the town of Show Low, northeast of Phoenix, during the state championship road race.

Police said four people were in a critical condition and that two were critical but stable.

One person was taken to hospital by helicopter.

Officers pursued the driver, who fled the scene, and shot him behind a hardware store. The 35-year-old male suspect is critical but stable.

There were also two to three walk-in victims at the hospital, police added.

“Our community is shocked at this incident and our hearts and prayers are with the injured and their families,” said Show Low Police Department.

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Writing on the fire department’s Facebook page, Peggy Prince Risner said: “Praying for everyone. My daughter and boyfriend were racing. They are okay, but very shaken from the incident. A friend of theirs was badly hurt…”

The incident happened during the Bike the Bluff event, Arizona’s 58-mile state championship race, which started at 6.45am.

The race has a teen category, as well as adults and masters, but there is no word yet on the ages of the victims.

Police said they were investigating alongside the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office and the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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