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North Carolina truck accident leaves motorcyclist dead

A 56-year-old man is dead after being involved in a traffic accident on Old U.S. Highway 64 in North Carolina. According to a representative with the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the truck crash occurred shortly after 3 p.m. as the victim was traveling eastbound on his motorcycle. At that time, a truck driven by a 41-year-old man pulled onto the highway, straying into the motorcycle's path.

According to police, the truck and motorcycle collided in the intersection, throwing the motorcyclist from his vehicle. He came to rest in the eastbound lane of the highway.

Paramedics from the Davidson County Emergency Services transported the victim to a medical care facility to receive treatment, but he died on route. The representative with the Highway Patrol explained that the paramedics attempted to resuscitate the victim using CPR, but he did not respond. He was reportedly wearing a safety helmet at the time of his crash.

The driver of the truck did not sustain injuries in the crash, nor did his two passengers. They are age 13 and 14, respectively. It is unclear what caused the accident and whether either motorist was impaired at the time.

The Highway Patrol says it is still determining the speed of both vehicles and has yet to verify the precise time of the accident. A Highway Patrol spokesperson said the speed limit on that section of the highway is 45 miles per hour. "Everything is still under investigation," she explained. She added that the truck's driver has not been charged with any offense, but this could change depending on the outcome of the North Carolina Highway Patrol's probe into the cause and details of the accident.

Source: The Dispatch, "Driver of motorcycle dies in accident with truck," Darrick Ignasiak, March 23, 2012

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