A bicyclist died Saturday morning after tumbling down a 30-foot embankment, an Arkansas State Police spokesman said.
Spokesman Bill Sadler said a trooper responded about 11:30 a.m. Saturday to a medical call on Arkansas 300 in central Arkansas where a bicyclist had been injured.
The cyclist, identified as Jim Krause, 54, fell from his bicycle and plummeted 30 feet off the side of the highway, Sadler said. The Pulaski County coroner pronounced Krause dead at the bottom of the embankment, Sadler said.
Witnesses told the state trooper they heard a loud "pop" near Krause's back tire right before he fell, Sadler said.
The fall happened along the route of the Big Dam Bridge 100, an annual cycling tour that drew more than 3,000 cyclists from across the country Saturday, according to the tour's website.
A 54-year-old man from Fort Smith named Jim Krause was listed as a participating cyclist on the Big Dam Bridge 100's list of entrants, but Sadler could not confirm whether Krause was one of the cyclists riding in the tour.
Krause's next of kin has been notified about his death, Sadler said, and the death is not being investigated as a highway crash.
NW News on 09/30/2019