Park staff responded to a report of a bicycle rider who had been hit by a truck and trailer on Highway 49 south of the Tallapoosa River on the afternoon of Saturday, October 14th. The driver of the Ford Ranger pickup truck had been heading southbound through the park when he struck the bicycle rider with his passenger mirror and the fender of the right trailer wheel. The rider, a 28-year-old man from North Carolina, was participating in a timed event that was to end that evening nearly 50 miles from the park. Although the cyclist was thrown from his bicycle and went down a steep embankment, he was conscious and breathing during the entire incident. Park staff treated the cyclist until Tallapoosa County EMS arrived and transported him to Russell Medical Center in Alexander City, Alabama. He was released from the hospital on October 15th. He is in good condition and has returned home.