McCRORY, Ark. (WWLP) - A group of high school-aged bicyclists, traveling in a trip run by a western Massachusetts company, was struck by a car in Arkansas on Tuesday.
According to an Arkansas State Police news release, the bicyclists were traveling northbound on Route 17 near McCrory, Arkansas on Tuesday afternoon, when they were struck from behind by a car going in the same direction.
The cyclists were on a cross-country trip called the American Challenge, organized by Williamstown-based Overland Summers .
Of the 13 cyclists who were on the road at the time, seven riders were struck and five of them were hospitalized. Three of the injured had to be airlifted to hospitals in Memphis and Little Rock, and one of them remains in critical condition at this time.
Jonathan Igoe, a director for Overland Summers, told 22News that six of those hit were students, and one was a group leader. He could not say whether the person in critical condition is a student or the group leader, or exactly where the injured students are from. He added that the program involves students from all across the country.
Igoe says that two of their other directors, and two additional employees, have travelled to Arkansas to visit those who are still in the hospital, and meet with the students who were not injured but are still there.
Overland has been releasing the latest information on their website , and made this statement:
"We continue to express our deepest concern for those injured and their families, and reiterate our gratitude to responding emergency personnel, including responding law enforcement personnel. We appreciate the support we have received from professionals, families, and friends in the area, as well as the support from the community of Overland families and leaders."
McCrory is located in northern Arkansas, about 90 miles northeast of Little Rock.
It is unclear whether the driver will be cited in this case. Arkansas State Police spokesperson Bill Sadler told 22News that the investigation is still going on at this time.