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Bicyclist Critically Injured After Being Hit By Truck On PCH

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An early-morning accident Wednesday involving a box truck and a bicyclist has left the rider critically injured and caused a shut down on Pacific Coast Highway.The crash, reported at 4:50 a.m., closed PCH in both directions west of Coastline Drive, according to the California Highway Patrol, reports City News Service. NBC Los Angeles elaborates:

The stretch of road has long been the subject of safety concerns among cyclists who shared the roadway with vehicles. The city of Malibu is working on a Pacific Coast Highway Safety study to assess road conditions, accident patterns, traffic and possible safety improvements.

Authorities note the driver stopped at the scene after striking the bicyclist, according to KTLA.

The female cyclist was critically injured in the crash and was transported to a local hospital, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said, reports CBS2.

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All lanes of PCH were reopened before 7 a.m. Information about the current condition of the bicyclist has not been made known.

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