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Cyclist in hospital after crashing into Burnaby traffic diversion barrier

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A 39-year-old Vancouver woman is in hospital after apparently crashing into a traffic diversion barrier in North Burnaby early Monday morning.

An area resident called 911 on June 2 at about 5:30 a.m. after discovering a female cyclist lying next to the traffic barrier near Esmond Street and Cambridge Avenue.

She was unconscious and showed signs of a severe head injury. She was not wearing a helmet.

The woman was rushed to Vancouver General Hospital where she remains in serious but stable condition.

Burnaby RCMP believe she had been cycling southbound on Esmond and hit the traffic barrier in the intersection. It's believed the crash may have happened at around 3:30 a.m., as a neighbour told police that's when they heard a loud, unexplained noise coming from the intersection.

"With summer approaching and the start of better weather, we would like to remind all cyclists of the importance of wearing a helmet with reflective clothing and having proper lights on the bicycle," said Burnaby RCMP Staff Sgt. Major John Buis. "The lights on your bike are not only so you can be seen by motorists but also for you to see any obstacles in your path."

Anyone who may have additional information about the incident is asked to call Burnaby RCMP at 604-294-7922.

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