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An unidentified bicylist was killed on Reserve Street on Thursday afternoon in a collision with a large truck.

The cyclist was taken to St. Patrick Hospital shortly after the 2 p.m. accident, but was later pronounced dead.

Missoula police Lt. Shawn Paul said that both the bike rider and the truck driver were northbound on Reserve Street, just north of Costco. At that point, traffic can merge right to exit to West Broadway.

The truck merged to the right, striking the cyclist, Paul said.

Paul said police are still investigating the crash and dealing with some confusion about precise details of how the truck and bike collided. Paul said the bicycle lane changes width in that area, and that the solid fog line also becomes dotted.

The dotted line means motorists are allowed to merge right, but it's not clear whether the truck pulled into the bike's path or vice versa, Paul said.

In any case, the truck's right front side hit the bike, knocking the rider to the ground.

"We're still not sure why it took place," Paul said. "We know where the impact occurred, but we don't know what took place immediately before that."

Paul said police were interviewing both the driver and other witnesses about the sequence of events leading up to the crash.

Paul did say that alcohol or drugs didn't appear to be a factor in the collision.

The dead man had not been identified by late Thursday afternoon. Paul said the man had no identification on him, noting that the department might have to seek the public's help in identifying the man.

"If someone doesn't call us pretty soon, we'll have to ask for help," he said.

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