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Bicyclist fatally struck by light-rail train in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS -- A bicyclist was struck and killed Tuesday night by a light-rail train in Minneapolis, officials say.

The man, who has not yet been identified, was crossing the light-rail tracks at East 42nd Street about 6:45 p.m. on April 10, when he was struck by a northbound Blue Line train, Metro Transit spokesman Howie Padilla said. Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene.

Padilla said it appears the crossing arms were down and the warning bells were activated at the crossing when the crash occurred.

“What we don’t know right now is what led the cyclist to be in the train right-of-way at that time,” he said, adding that the man appeared to be riding alone.

Light-rail trains are equipped with front-facing video cameras, and the footage collected will be reviewed as part of the investigation into the incident.

The driver of the train was placed on standard leave, pending the results of drug and alcohol testing, Padilla said.