EDMONTON — A teenage boy was airlifted to an Edmonton hospital Monday morning with life-threatening injuries, after being hit by a truck while riding his bike to school in Morinville.

RCMP said they were called just after 8 a.m. to a collision between a bicyclist and a pickup truck. The 16-year-old was cycling north on 97th Street, and the truck was driving east on 100th Avenue.

The teen was riding across a crosswalk when the truck hit him two blocks from Morinville Community High School.

The boy was flown by STARS Air Ambulance to the University of Alberta hospital in critical, but stable condition. Mounties said he was not wearing a helmet.

“Statistics support the fact that wearing a helmet is one of the best interventions for reducing cyclist injuries,” said Staff. Sgt. Suleman, detachment commander.

“We also wish to remind motorists to be cautious when driving in school areas. It’s back to school time and we need to keep road safety in mind.”

Speed and alcohol were not factors in the crash.  The collision remains under investigation.

Morinville is about 25 kilometres north of Edmonton.

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