5/20/2009

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att5f41ePolice Department  130 City Hall  350 S. 5th St.

                           Minneapolis, MN 55415

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News Release

Contact:

Sgt. Jesse Garcia III  612-919-9023 jesse.garcia@ci.minneapolis.mn.us

Sgt. William Palmer  612-919-9362 william.palmer@ci.minneapolis.mn.us

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TO PROTECT WITH COURAGE / TO SERVE WITH COMPASSION

Bicycle versus truck accident closes Park Avenue

May 20, 2009 (MINNEAPOLIS)  At approximately 7:40 a.m. officers in the First Precinct responded to a report of an accident at the intersection of 14th Street East and Park Avenue South.  When the officers arrived they found that the accident involved a semi tractor pulling a large dump box and a bicyclist.  The bicyclist was deceased. 

The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Minneapolis Police Department’s Traffic Unit and the Minnesota State Patrol’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit. 

The identity of the victim will be released by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office.

Currently Park Avenue South is closed at 15th Street East.  East Fourteenth Street is also closed from East Grant Street to Park Avenue South.   These closures will remain in effect for one to two hours while the accident investigation continues.  Motorists should avoid the area as there is already congestion surrounding the accident site.

The PIO contact for this incident is Sgt. William Palmer.

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