Bicyclist hit by car on Natchez Trace Parkway in Maury County

(Courtesy: Maury County Fire Department)

MAURY COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A bicyclist was injured Sunday afternoon after being hit by a car along the Natchez Trace Parkway in Maury County.

Authorities with Natchez Trace say it happened just after 4:30 p.m. near the 418 mile marker.

The bicyclist, identified as 58-year-old Randall Singleton, was reportedly hit by a 1965 Ford Falcon.

Singleton, of Charlotte, suffered “significant head and leg injuries” and was flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

Natchez Trace officials say the driver of the car remained on site and is cooperating with the investigation, which is ongoing. No other details have been released.

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The Natchez Trace Parkway reminds all visitors it is a designated bicycle route, and bicycle traffic increases dramatically on weekends and holidays. Bicyclists are allowed to use the full lane of traffic to ride in when necessary.

Federal regulations require bicyclists to ride single file, and riders are encouraged to move to the right to allow for vehicles to pass. It is also highly recommended that riders wear high-visibility clothing and have flashing front and rear lights.

Motor vehicle drivers are responsible for providing a safe distance when overtaking and passing a bicyclist. Read more here.