New York tri-athlete on bike crashes into state police cruiser

New York

A 59-year-old competitor in the IRONMAN triathalon in Lake Placid on Sunday was thrown injured when he collided with a New York State Police patrol car.

State police say Trooper Brian Goetz was traveling slowly on Bilhuber Road in Wilmington with his emergency lights flashing. As he rounded a sharp, uphill turn, he encountered Alain Aubuchon, 59, of Brossard, Quebec, peddling north in the southbound lane, in violation of race regulations. 

Goetz attempted to avoid Aubuchon, police said, but the cyclist struck the passenger side of cruiser and was thrown from his bike.

Aubuchon was taken by ambulance to Elizabethtown Community Hospital and treated for a lacerated thumb and numerous abrasions.

The accident occurred during the 20th annual Lake Place IRONMAN competition, which this year included a 112-mile bike ride through Lake Placid, Keene, Jay, Black Brook and Wilmington.

Competitors also swam more than two miles in Mirror Lake and completed a full marathon in and around Lake Placid village.

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