Trek Across Maine cyclist dies when struck by truck

10:52 AM, Jun 14, 2013   |    comments
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HANOVER, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The start of the three-day, 180-mile Trek Across Maine has been marred by a fatal crash.

State police are investigating the death of a cyclist on Route 2 in the town of Hanover, just a few miles from the starting point Friday morning. Spokesman Steve McCausland says the cyclist, 23-year-old David LeClair of Watertown, Mass. died when he was struck by the rear portion a tractor-trailer on Main Street.

The accident happened around 8:45am.

Friends of LeClair called police with a description of the truck -- which did not stop. State Troopers are interviewing the driver of a similar truck which was stopped in Rumford.

More than 2,000 bicyclists left Sunday River ski resort on Friday to start the three-day event that ends Sunday in Belfast. The ride is a fundraiser for the American Lung Association.

Last year's event raised $1.8 million.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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