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Cyclist struck and killed near Museum of Science




A cyclist was fatally struck by a dump truck Friday morning near the Museum of Science in Boston, officials said.

State Police said the cyclist, an adult male, was hit around 8:15 a.m. on Monsignor O’Brien Highway and later pronounced dead.

“That victim, an adult male, has since been pronounced deceased,” State Police tweeted. “Lane restrictions remain in place on O’Brien Hwy for investigation.”

The victim’s bicycle was still lying in the middle of the road at 10:20 a.m., as State Police investigated.

Traffic was moving steadily at the site, which was outside the museum parking garage, while police sealed off an area of the center lane.

In addition to examining debris near the bicycle, investigators were focused on the truck that hit the victim.

The red truck, operated by Roach Trucking out of Boston, had its hood pushed forward, exposing the engine.

The bicycle was removed shortly after 10:30 a.m., and truck was towed away around 11:10 a.m.

State Police, in early reports, had said a pedestrian had been hit by a pickup truck, but clarified later that a cyclist had been hit by a dump truck.

Cyclist Pauline Lim, of Somerville, rode past the crash site later Friday morning and said the cycling community is pushing for more protections on city roads.

“There’s constantly stuff going on to try to get more protective bike lanes,” Lim said.

She said she always stays on the sidewalk when she rides that particular stretch of O’Brien Highway.

Tom Champion, former spokesman for the city of Somerville, said in a Twitter message that the crash site has long been known as a trouble spot for cyclists.

“I used to bike commute daily on this route and saw many near misses,” Champion wrote. “I would arrive downtown so jangled by adrenalin that I had to stop. The chokepoint as O’Brien Hwy approaches Leverett Circle was, and remains, wildly hazardous.”

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on witter @TAGlobe.