By / StarTribune
A school bus struck a bicyclist near Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis this morning, killing the rider, witnesses said.
The accident occurred about 10 a.m. The bicyclist's body was covered with a sheet and remained in the street for nearly 2 hours, as did his bicycle, while police from several jurisdictions investigated.
Traffic in the densely traveled area crawled around the scene until it was cleared shortly after noon.
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Authorities were having difficulty Thursday afternoon identifying the victim and made a plea to the public for help. The Hennepin County medical examiner's office described the bicyclist as a while male, 20 to 40 years old, 5-foot-10 and about 200 pounds, with dark brown medium-length hair and brown eyes.
He was riding a blue Giant Cypress bicycle and was wearing jean shorts, a black T-shirt that read "LBJ Wolves whatever it takes," socks and shoes.
Anyone with information about the victim is asked to call the medical examiner's office at 612-215-6300.
The bus was turning left from West Calhoun Parkway onto westbound Lake Street, when it struck the bicyclist while he rode in the crosswalk heading south, witnesses said.
The bus was operated by Laidlaw Education Services of Brooklyn Park. Route signs on it indicated it was serving the Minneapolis School District.