Bicyclist injured in Vero Beach traffic accident

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- Rescuers remain on the scene of an accident involving a bicyclist at U.S. 1 and 26th Street in Indian River County.

According to John Morrison, Vero Beach Police Department spokesman, a male bicyclist was struck when he attempted to cross U.S. 1 from 26th Street. Oncoming traffic on U.S. 1 had a green light.

The bicyclist was struck by a motorist driving a Lexus and was carried about 100 feet on the windshield before falling onto U.S. 1 when the driver stopped.

Morrison said the vision of the Lexus driver was obscured by a GoLine bus turning right off U.S. 1 onto 26th St. He also said it appeared as if the bicyclist attempted to stop but too late to avoid the accident.

A trauma helicopter was called to transport the patient. Indian River County Assistant Fire Chief Brian Burkeen said the victim was transported to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce.

At 9:20 a.m., southbound traffic on U.S. 1 continues to be diverted onto 26th Street to avoid the accident scene. Northbound U.S. 1 traffic is limited to one lane south of the intersection. The open lane is outside lane.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.