A Depew man was seriously hurt Sunday during the annual TriDunkirk triathlon event.
According to Dunkirk Police Department records, Gary E. Grant was competing during the bicycling portion of the race when the accident occurred.
After turning off Lake Shore Drive, the 46-year-old was riding north on North Serval Street near the school bus turnoff for School 7 when he veered to his right and struck a cement barricade pole at the entrance to the turnoff.
OBSERVER Photo by Gib Snyder
A competitor in the TriDunkirk triathlon Sunday remains in Erie County Medical Center after hitting this pole at School 7 during the biking part of the event. Depew resident Gary E. Grant was still listed in serious condition Wednesday.
Dunkirk Police Officers Tom Rozumalski and Matt Martinez witnessed the event and saw Grant lean over to the right side of his bicycle before he hit the pole.
The Dunkirk Fire Department responded to the scene along with Alstar Ambulance.
Alstar transported Grant, who had apparently suffered some broken bones, to Brooks Memorial Hospital before he was flown to Erie County Medical Center.
An ECMC spokesperson told the OBSERVER on Wednesday that Grant was still hospitalized in serious condition but could give no further details.
The spokesperson did say the hospital lists patients in either fair, guarded, serious or critical condition.
Grant's bicycle and helmet are at Dunkirk Police Headquarters for safekeeping and the investigation into the accident has been closed.
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