Manchester bike rider careens into tow truck
A Manchester bicyclist is recovering from injuries he sustained when his two-wheeler collided with a flatbed tow truck in the township Friday. Police say that the bike had no brakes.
James Phillips, 59, of Whiting, suffered scrapes on both forearms from the roadbed and complained of rib pain, and was treated at Community Medical Center in Toms River.
The mishap occurred at about 11:45 AM on Route 530 at South Columbus Boulevard, where police were looking into an unrelated car crash. George Rutzler, Jr., working for Grone's Towing of Toms River, parked his rig across the eastbound side of the highway to get into position for towing one of the cars.
Police said that they stopped traffic on both directions, but failed to slow Phillips in time, and he careened into the side of the truck, tumbling from the bike.
Phillips wore no helmet, and his front and rear brake lines were disconnected, police said. The incident remains under investigation.