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A motorcyclist crashed on Interstate 494 in Richfield on Wednesday and died, authorities said.

The wreck occurred about 2:45 p.m. on westbound 494 near Hwy. 77. The motorcyclist lost control and crashed as traffic slowed down, the State Patrol said.

Authorities have yet to release the identity of the rider, who is 42 years old and from Shakopee, according to the patrol.