A bicyclist is dead after an early morning accident on the Outer Loop.

Metro police believe just before 6 am Thursday, the cyclist was travelling westboud on the Outer Loop near Minors Lane.

Police say a semi and a Honda Accord were traveling in the passing lane.

Investigators say it appears the Honda was following to closely and went to pass the semi in the right-hand lane, when it struck the bicyclist.

The bicyclist appears to be a man in his early 40s.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Metro traffic units continue to investigate.

The westbound lane of the Outer Loop will be closed until at least 8:30 Thursday morning.