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Woman drives bicycle into tractor-trailer

ANDOVER – A local woman was flown by helicopter to a Lebanon hospital after riding her bicycle into a tractor-trailer Friday morning.

Fire Chief Rene Lefebvre said the woman, who he did not identify, is a 57-year-old local woman.

She suffered face and head injuries, he said, but was in satisfactory condition after the crash, he said.

She was flown to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for precautionary reasons, Lefebvre said.

“She was OK, she may be home this afternoon,” he said. “Anytime we have facial or head injuries, as she had, we send them to Dartmouth-Hitchcock, but I think she's okay.”

The woman was riding westbound along Route 4 at about 6:15 a.m. she ran into a parked tractor-trailer, which was parked safely in a parking lot, he said.

The woman apparently didn't see the tractor-trailer and drove her bike into the truck's cab, he said.

“She took a pretty good hit,” he said. “She mustn't have seen the truck.”

The driver of the tractor-trailer was asleep in the cab at the time of the crash, he said.

The truck driver wasn't injured, and no charges will be filed.

Lefebvre said when he got the call, he was expecting much worse.

“You hear a bicycle and a truck collide, you think it's something terrible,” he said. “Luckily, in this case, the truck was stationary. It didn't turn out as bad as it sounded.”

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