Emergency crews prepare to move a cyclist to an ambulance after he was run over and trapped under a pickup truck Friday morning, Dec. 16. (Chris Bush/ News Bulletin)

Cyclist in Nanaimo run over by pickup with no driver at the wheel

Man transported to hospital with unknown injuries

A man was injured after being run over by a pickup truck that didn’t have a driver at the wheel.

Nanaimo Fire Rescue, RCMP, and B.C. Ambulance Service were called to the 100 block of Finlayson Street on Friday, Dec. 16 at 10 a.m., after a cyclist was struck by a pickup truck that rolled off the road.

Nanaimo Fire Rescue assistant chief Troy Libbus said the truck’s owner was loading a dog into the pickup when the truck started rolling and struck the patient. Passersby were able to jack up the truck to help free the victim.

“The patient was on a bicycle and got run over the the vehicle ended up on top of him…” Libbus said. “We want to thank bystanders for getting a jackall to lift the truck up and slightly pulling it out. At that time fire rescue came on scene, made the scene safe, secured the vehicle and started the first responder protocol.”

The man suffered unknown injuries and was transported to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

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