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Bicyclist suffers 'very critical injuries' after colliding with commercial vehicle in Minneapolis

Bicyclist suffers 'very critical injuries' after colliding with commercial vehicle in Minneapolis

April 25, 2019 10:44 PM

A bicyclist suffered "very critical injuries," after colliding with a commercial vehicle at South 3rd Avenue and South 2nd Street in downtown Minneapolis Thursday.

According to Minneapolis Police spokesperson John Elder, at about 4:45 p.m., police responded to the intersection on a report of a crash involving a commercial vehicle and a bicycle.

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The bicyclist was immediately transported to Hennepin County Medical Center with "very critical injuries," and was in surgery Thursday evening, according to Elder.

Elder said the preliminary investigation suggests both the bicycle and the commercial vehicle were northbound on Central Avenue or 3rd Avenue South and the commercial vehicle was turning east onto South Second Street when it struck the bicyclist. 

Elder stated that the driver gave his full cooperation to the investigation. Neither drugs and alcohol nor speed appeared to be factors in the crash, Elder said.

The incident marked the third crash of the day Thursday and the fourth in a 19-hour period straddling Wednesday and Thursday that ended in fatal or potentially fatal injuries, Elder noted. 

Police also responded to a fatal crash on the 1500 block of 2nd Street in Minneapolis in which an individual was struck by a truck delivering scrap metal. Police also responded to a crash in which a motorcycle and SUV collided at the intersection of Marshall Street and St. Anthony Boulevard. The motorcycle driver was in grave condition Thursday and underwent surgery, Elder said. 

Elder noted that increased traffic in downtown areas increase the risks on the roads for travelers and pedestrians.

"As weather gets nicer, we ask people to drive with due care, know their surroundings and please be careful," Elder said.

Other details about the crashes weren't immediately available. We'll continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

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