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Pacific Coast Highway closed south of Malibu after accident

Pacific Coast Highway closed south of Malibu after accident
A Sigalert was issued on PCH at Coastline Drive Wednesday morning. (Sigalert.com)

The California Highway Patrol is telling morning commuters to avoid Pacific Coast Highway near Topanga Wednesday morning after a woman was critically injured in an accident.

All eastbound and westbound traffic near Coastline Drive was expected to be closed until about 7 a.m., CHP officials said, as authorities investigate the crash. Eastbound traffic on PCH was being diverted north on Topanga Canyon Road, with westbound PCH traffic diverted onto Sunset Boulevard.

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"Just avoid it," said CHP Officer Jennifer Cassidy.

Authorities said a woman riding her bicycle was struck by a vehicle just before 5 a.m. The woman was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition.  A big rig remained at the scene of the crash, Cassidy said.

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