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2 Hamilton men hit by car while trying to repair a bicycle

Two Hamilton men are in hospital, and one is clinging to his life, after a car hit them in the curb lane as they were repairing a bicycle.
Hamilton police are investigating after two people were hit trying to fix a bicycle on Barton Street East. (Laura Clementson/CBC)

Two Hamilton men are in hospital, and one is clinging to his life, after a car hit them in the curb lane as they were repairing a bicycle.

The pair were heading west on Barton Street East, just east of Parkdale Avenue North, around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, police say.

They stopped in the curb lane to repair a bicycle with a trailer attached. Hamilton police say a 72-year-old man was in a vehicle heading in the same direction and hit them.

A 44-year-old Hamilton man was rushed to hospital with serious injuries. A 34-year-old has life-threatening injuries.

The driver wasn't injured, police say, and cooperated with investigators.

Police say the driver was not impaired.

The incident comes at a time when local cycling advocates are trying to shine more attention on road safety.

Hamilton has adopted the Vision Zero concept aimed at making streets safer. City numbers show there were 420 collisions between 2011 and 2015 involving pedestrians or cyclists. 

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