|Cave Rock tunnel during accident investigation. By NHP.|
Nevada Highway Patrol responded to the accident on Hwy. 50 at 9:50am on Thursday. The big rig and the cyclist were traveling eastbound in the tunnel when the accident occurred.
Richard Pettay, the driver of the big rig, reportedly didn't see the cyclist. He hit the bicycle with his tractor truck and threw Aldridge to the roadway. Pettay stopped his rig just outside the tunnel.
The accident is under investigation. Drugs and alcohol do not seem to be a factor. Witnesses are asked to call Trooper Chris Kelly (775( 689-4661 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cave Rock tunnel is a narrow two lane road that is relatively dark with a posted speed limit of 35 mph. I have ridden through this tunnel several times over the years and each time I go through, the experience is unpleasant.