SAVANNAH, GA. (May 8, 2014): Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team responded to a west Savannah wreck that claimed the life of a 53-year-old bicyclist.

Just before 9:30 a.m. today, SCMPD responded to Highgate Boulevard near Hampstead Parkway where a City of Savannah Storm Water Maintenance ditch cleaning crew consisting of a dump truck and long reach excavator reported an accident with injuries. On arrival officers found bicyclist, Phillip Arthur Vanderburgh, of Savannah, lying on the ground unconscious next to the excavator’s track.

Investigators believe the bicyclist collided with the rear of the parked excavator as its arm rotated. The bicyclist and the parked excavator where in the southbound lane of Highgate Boulevard.

Vanderburgh received treatment at the scene before being transported to Memorial University Medical Center where he later died.

This case remains under investigation by MAIT.