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Crash between bike, minivan closes downtown streets

A crash between a bicyclist and a minivan has closed the intersection of 4th Avenue and Lincoln Street in downtown Spokane.

The cyclist was taken to a hospital with serious injures. Spokane police say the bicyclist was traveling north on Lincoln into downtown just before 2 p.m. when the rider struck the van, which was traveling east on 4th Avenue.

Police said the van was struck as it entered the intersection. The driver was not injured.

The area between 4th and 5th avenues and Monroe and Lincoln streets is closed.

Downtown construction plans include the creation of a bicycle route on 4th Avenue.

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