Two cyclists died near Napa, California, Tuesday by a lumber truck when its load suddenly shifted of the picturesque roadway.
Authorities say the victims, identified as Christian and Michelle Deaton, were legally riding north on the valley’s winding, two-lane Silverado Trail when they encountered a flatbed truck headed in the opposite direction. Somehow, the lumber it was carrying shifted and fell, hitting the cyclists, Fox 8 reports.
With access to a large number of Napa’s vineyards, the Silverado Trail is a popular alternative to California’s State Highway 29 and connects Napa with Calistoga. And while it is a two-lane paved road, it’s not like cyclists are a rare sight. One cyclist interviewed by Fox 8 said he rides that road nearly every day, and even California’s tourism site recommends that visitors rent bikes when they visit.
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