Man killed in bike-truck crash in downtown Mpls.

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 25, 2010 - 9:42 PM

Minneapolis police say a bicyclist was killed in a bike-truck collision Monday afternoon at the intersection of 1st Avenue North and 5th Street.

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Police hold a back pack that belonged to the bicyclist who was killed Monday in a bike-truck accident at the intersection of 1st Avenue North and 5th Street in downtown Minneapolis.

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A bicyclist was killed in a bike-truck collision Monday afternoon at the intersection of 1st Avenue North and 5th Street in downtown Minneapolis.

The victim was described as a 55-year-old man. His identity was not released.

Police said the bicyclist and a Quicksilver Express Courier delivery truck were southbound on 1st Avenue about 2:30 p.m. when the truck turned right, striking the cyclist in the intersection.

The cyclist was in a designated bike lane on the right side of the road as he approached the intersection, police said.

A witness, Peter Hoseth, said he saw the bicyclist bounce off the truck and hit the ground. The man was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The intersection includes rail tracks that carry light-rail trains but they did not factor in the crash, authorities said.

The accident scene, including the man's bike and backpack lying on the ground, was taped off and closed to rail and vehicle traffic until 4 p.m. while police investigated and took measurements.

The closure prevented light rail trains from serving Target Field station. Trains were being turned around at the Warehouse District/Hennepin Avenue station, said Bob Gibbons, director of customer services. Customers walked between the two stations until the accident scene was cleared.

MATT MCKINNEY

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