5 bicyclists dead after crash in Michigan

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COOPER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — At least five bicyclists have been killed after being hit by a pickup truck north of Kalamazoo.

It happened Tuesday evening in the 500 block of N. Westnedge Avenue south of F Avenue in Cooper Township. That’s near Markin Glen Park.

At least nine victims were involved, some of whom may be children, according to Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas. It was not immediately clear whether any of those killed were children.

Bronson Methodist Hospital says it is treating two patients. It did not release any further details about those patients.

The bicyclists were struck by a pickup truck as they rode along Westnedge, authorities say.

Markus Eberhard said he was leaving Markin Glen Park after fishing when someone shouted at him to watch out. He said the pickup nearly ran over his foot. He said before he could “tell the bikers to move or watch out,” the pickup hit them.

Another witness said she saw four ambulances leave the scene; three had lights on, one had lights and sirens running.

A driver of the pickup fled on foot after the crash, Matyas said. The driver has since been taken into custody. There is no current threat to the public.

Multiple police and fire agencies are on the scene.

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