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Bicyclist hit, killed while traveling on highway in Forest Lake early Wednesday

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A bicyclist was hit and killed in Forest Lake Wednesday morning, which closed part of Highway 97.

The bicyclist was traveling eastbound on Highway 97 around 3:40 a.m., and moved into the westbound lane. They were then struck by a Jeep Cherokee, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The Jeep was traveling westbound near Forest Road North, just west of Highway 61.

The vehicle was driven by a 52-year-old man from Forest Lake. He was not injured.

The bicyclist's identity hasn't been released, but the Star Tribune says the victim is a 26-year-old male.

It's not clear if the bicyclist was wearing a helmet.

The state patrol closed both directions of the highway and access from Highway 61 while it investigated, the Star Tribune notes. It reopened just before 7 a.m., KARE 11's Alicia Lewis tweeted.

In 2014, five bicyclists were killed in traffic-related incidents on Minnesota roads, according to the Minnesota Department of Safety. Another 37 were severely injured.

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