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Cyclist Dies in Ohio Ironman Triathlon After Being Hit by Tractor Trailer

A Pennsylvania woman taking part in the Ohio Ironman Triathlon died last week after traveling outside the safety zone during the cycling portion of the race and getting hit by a vehicle.
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Kristen J. Oswald, 44, was originally from Royersford, Pennsylvania and was taking part in the event. During the cycling portion of the race, she veered into the left lane was hit by a semi-trailer that was traveling at normal speed for the highway, WHIO TV 7 reports.

“A 44-year-old cyclist who was participating in the Ohio Ironman Triathlon died Sunday after being struck by a semi-truck on U.S. 23 near Troutman Road, according to the Delaware Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol,” the report notes.

“Oswald […] was riding her bicycle in the right northbound lane of U.S. 23 around 9 a.m. while participating in the event when she traveled outside the safety zone and was struck in the left lane by a 2018 Freightliner commercial tractor trailer, driven by Claude Tremblay, 55, of Sarnia, Ontario,” adds the same media outlet.

Oswald did have a helmet on but the impact was so powerful that she eventually succumbed to the injuries sustained. Police have determined that the driver of the semi was wearing his seatbelt and wasn’t hurt in the accident. Alcohol or drugs were not a factor in what happened.

According to the same media outlet, organizers of the Ironman event had set up a safe zone for the cyclists, particularly to prevent accidents of this type. Speed restrictions were also up in the area for incoming traffic, and it doesn’t appear as if the semi driver ignored them – so speeding wasn’t a factor, either.

The police investigation is still underway but, for the time being, the semi driver was not charged with any crime for his involvement in the fatal accident.

 
 
 
 
 

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