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2 cyclists in 'self-induced comas' after wheelchair liftgate flies off truck in Port Richey, police say

Posted at 11:41 PM, May 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-07 23:41:39-04

PORT RICHEY, Fla. -- Police say two of the four cyclists hurt after an 18-wheeler's wheelchair liftgate flew open and hit them are now in self-induced comas.

According to Port Richey Police, charges against the driver have not been ruled out, but no charges have been formally filed as of Tuesday.

RELATED: 4 bicyclists hit after wheelchair liftgate flies off truck in Port Richey

Back in April, an 18-wheeler was making a left turn onto Ridge Road from U.S. 19 when the vehicle's liftgate dislodged and fell open. The liftgate then hit the four bicylists.

Early indication was that the wheelchair metal lift on the 18-wheeler carrying medical equipment was not secured properly.

"It is freakish," said Port Richey Police Chief Gerard DeCanio in April. "There is no other way to say. I have been in law enforcement since 1981. I've never seen anything like this happen."