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Bicyclist recovering after serious crash on Gibraltar Road

A bicyclist is recovering from injuries he suffered during a crash on Gibraltar Road in Santa Barbara County Thursday evening.

Santa Barbara City and County fire personnel were dispatched to the scene just after 3:30 p.m. in the 2900 block of Gibraltar Road. A car, described by the California Highway Patrol as a white Nissan Versa, crashed into the bicyclist who was believed to be about 60 years old.

The vehicle was traveling up Gibraltar while the bicyclist was coming down the road and both met in the middle of the roadway when the crash occurred, according to the driver.

The bicyclist hit the car, cracked the windshield, and went over the vehicle before hitting the asphalt, according to witnesses.

Witnesses also noted that Gibraltar Road is narrow and curved in the area where the crash occurred.

The bicyclist was wearing basic protection at the time of the crash. He was taken to the hospital by AMR. Passersby rendered aid to the bicyclist before emergency personnel arrived on scene.

The road was closed for about 45 minutes while crews worked to clear the scene, but has since re-open.

The incident is under investigation.

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