FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — A woman riding her bicycle was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after she was hit by a vehicle while crossing Wallen Road on the Pufferbelly Trail.

Fort Wayne police responded to the crash in the area of Wallen Road and Hunters Knoll Run around 4:15 p.m. Wednesday. According to officers, the woman was traveling north on the bike trail when she was struck by a vehicle that was traveling west on Wallen Road.

The woman was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. The driver was not hurt and was cooperating with investigators, police said.

No citations were issued, police said.

Wallen Road was closed while police investigated the scene but has since been reopened.

The incident remains under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department (FWPD) Fatal Accident Crash Team with the assistance of the FWPD’s Air Support Unit.

The crash came just under a year after a woman was fatally struck while crossing the Pufferbelly Trail over Carroll Road, 2 1/2 miles north of Wallen Road. In that incident, a vehicle stopped to allow the woman to cross and a vehicle behind it drove around the stopped vehicle and struck the woman as she crossed.

Trail officials have said vehicles have the right-of-way approaching trail crossings, and trail users must stop and yield to traffic. Vehicles do not need to stop for trail users who are not in the crosswalk.

Fort Wayne Trails posted an explainer video HERE.

Denise Henke is an avid biker and says she is concerned about the safety of bikers, walkers and drivers as well.

“This intersection here is dangerous yes, only because of the shrubs here on the southside because when I’m coming south, I can see both directions. When you’re coming from the southside north, you have to get all the way to the road to see easy, and I think it’s dangerous. Yes, it makes me nervous. If it’s a busy time I’ll turn around here and I’ll go around,” Henke said.

Fort Wayne Police Sergeant John Nichter says this isn’t necessarily a spot where they have a lot of crashes with bicyclists, but it is a concern everywhere.

“Anytime we have bicyclists crossing the roadways it is a danger and we just ask vehicles to be vigilant and observing in front of them and beside of them for bicyclists, motorcyclists or pedestrians just walking,” Nichter said.

Henke knows that danger firsthand. She was at the spot where a 63-year-old woman was hit and killed last September at the Pufferbelly Trail crossing off Carroll Road.

“I got there just afterward when she was still laying on the roadside … I didn’t even ride that way the whole rest of the fall,” Henke said.