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Cyclist Seriously Hurt Falling Under Truck in Central Park, Witness Says

By  Valeria Ricciulli and Aidan Gardiner | June 2, 2016 3:35pm 

 A cyclist hit another bike and fell under the flatbed truck Thursday morning, witnesses said.
A cyclist hit another bike and fell under the flatbed truck Thursday morning, witnesses said.
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Courtesy of Stephen Delas Heras

CENTRAL PARK — A cyclist was seriously injured when he hit another bike and fell under a flatbed truck in Central Park Thursday morning, witnesses and officials said.

The cyclist, whose name and age weren't immediately released, was cycling along East Drive, near East 71st Street, around 12:25 p.m. when he slammed into another cyclist and fell under a passing flatbed, according to a nearby vendor and an FDNY spokesman.

"I was scared because I could see the cut, the bone," said Mohammed Joni, 32. "Everybody went to see."

It wasn't immediately clear if the cyclist was run over, but the truck stopped and the victim lay next to the tire as a crowd gathered around, witnesses said.

"I saw that there was a guy under the wheels of the truck. That's when I knew it was not good," said Stephan Heras, who was passing by on a Citi Bike during his daily ride.

"I saw him lift his head. I think he was conscious and I think people were talking to him," Heras added.

Emergency responders quickly arrived and brought the cyclist to an ambulance, witnesses said.

"He had his eyes closed and he had a neck brace on," Heras added.

The cyclist was treated at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, an FDNY spokesman said.

Witnesses told DNAinfo New York the incident reminded them of the perils of biking through the city.

"I'm not going to stop biking, but obviously it does make you a little more afraid to bike home," Heras said. "It could've been me. My relatives are always telling me, 'Be careful on the bike.'"