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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A driver hit a cyclist in Independence Friday morning, forcing police to close access to a metro highway.

Independence police responded to U.S. 40 Highway and Interstate 70 around 6:30 a.m. When they arrived, they found the victim critically injured. Crews transported the victim to the hospital.

The victim has been identified as 45-year-old Kyle Lawton Brown of Raytown, Missouri.

According to police, a Ford F150 travelling westbound on U.S. 40 Highway and a bicyclist entered the roadway and was struck by the truck.

The bicyclist died from his injuries at the hospital. The driver of the F150 is cooperating with the investigation.

Officers said they closed the westbound I-70 to U.S. Highway 40 ramp to investigate the crash.

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