Driver and injured cyclist identified in crash on U.S. 50

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Updated: 7/11/2014 11:30 am
UPDATE: 7/11/14, 10:17 a.m.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Nev. ( &KRNV) -- News 4 has just received a news release from Nevada Highway Patrol with more information about the crash that occurred Thursday, July 10 on U.S. 50 eastbound at Cave Rock.

At approximately 9:50 a.m. Thursday, NHP responded to a bicycle versus commercial vehicle crash that occurred in the tunnel at Cave Rock in Douglas County.

The investigation indicates so far that a 2004 Kenworth tractor truck and trailer driven by 39-year-old Richard J. Pettay of Carson City and a single-rider bicyclist, 48-year-old Clarence M. Aldridge of Bakersfield, CA, where both traveling eastbound on U.S. 50 in the right lane and entered the tunnel; the tractor truck was following the bicycle.

For reasons unknown at this time, Pettay did not see the bicyclist and the front of the tractor struck the rear of the bicycle. Mr. Aldridge was thrown from the bicycle inside the tunnel. After colliding with the bicycle, Pettay exited the tunnel and stopped. Mr. Aldridge came to rest inside the tunnel in the right lane. He was stabilized by emergency responders and was later transported by Care Flight to Renown Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.

Pettay is cooperating with law enforcement during their investigation. Alcohol or drugs is not a factor at this time. There is not a bike lane inside the two lane tunnel and the speed limit is 35 mph.

Charges in the incident are still pending.

Trooper Chris Kelly of the Nevada Highway Patrol’s Major Accident Investigation Team is assigned to this ongoing investigation. Witnesses or anyone else with more information can reach out to him at (775) 689-4661 or The case number to refer to is NHP-140700874.

UPDATE: 4:00 p.m.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- NHP has told News 4 all lanes of traffic are now open on U.S. 50 at Cave Rock.

UPDATE: 1:27 p.m.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- According to NHP, one lane of U.S. 50 eastbound is now open.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- Nevada Highway Patrol tells News 4 a crash occurred in the tunnel at Cave Rock this morning, closing the tunnel -- and U.S. 50 eastbound -- for an undetermined period of time.

Trooper Dave Gibson says a dump truck crashed into a bicyclist in the tunnel, which is now closed. The crash happened a little after 10:00 a.m. and NHP says they aren’t sure when it will be open again.

Care Flight transported the bicyclist to a local hospital with serious injuries.

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sierra11 - 7/11/2014 6:37 PM
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A double yellow center line with no shoulder does not incorporate a "safe" place to cycle. When is the last time you saw a cyclist look up and take note of the beautiful mountains and lake........never. They are so into their exercise they miss it all! By the way, how's that carbon monoxide fumes doing for you health nuts? They are oblivious of two ton vehicles passing them three feet away at 50 miles per hour!

Kramer - 7/11/2014 5:43 PM
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people bike thru the Hwy. 89 tunnel in Truckee all the time. Sometimes a bozo crams their way into the 'merge' lane tho. Lame, wise-acre comments don't alleviate this situation any. So maybe a wiser cyclist would have just waited...but he is a tourist, and does have right to ride on 28, no?

sierra11 - 7/11/2014 12:24 PM
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A Semi and a Bike enter a tunnel at the same time and only one comes out! Who could have seen that one coming?

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