According to The Associated Press, two triathletes were struck by a car during the Chicago Triathlon on Sunday morning.
A 20-year-old woman was behind the wheel, and drove around the cones that were separating the lane for triathletes from the lane used for automobiles. Her vehicle knocked over a 38-year-old male and 28-year-old female participant in the race. Police say both athletes sustained head and shoulder injuries. They were taken to a hospital in the area and are said to be in stable condition.
AP reports that, “The driver was issued traffic citations for negligent driving and operating a motor vehicle without insurance. Police did not release her name.”
Chicago Triathlon staff have issued the following statement:
“As many of you know, we are saddened to report and confirm an incident involving a vehicle and two bikers earlier this morning. Both staff and first responders were on the scene within a matter of minutes, and we are continuing to work closely with local authorities. Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured athletes and their families. We’d also like to thank the numerous participants who pulled up their races in order to aid the athletes in need.”