Police: Florida bicyclist dead after hitting live power line

Police say a bicyclist in Florida has died after coming into contact with a live power line on a bridge spanning Tampa Bay.

Tampa Police spokesman Steve Hegarty said in an email that the male bicyclist was riding on a path early Wednesday near a beach along the Courtney Campbell Causeway.

Hegarty says authorities had to turn off power in the area before they could approach the bicyclist and confirm he was dead. Tampa Fire Rescue and Tampa Electric Co. also responded to the scene

Police have not yet identified the bicyclist.

Hegarty says eastbound traffic was delayed. The bridge connects Tampa with Clearwater. It crosses Tampa Bay north of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge that was completely closed for hours on Tuesday after a tanker truck fire.

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