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Motorcycle fatality in Marquette County

August 3, 2012
The Daily News

MARQUETTE - A motorcyclist is dead following a traffic crash that occurred Friday morning on U.S. 41 near M-35 in Negaunee Township.

Investigating the fatal crash involving a motorcycle and semi-truck, which occurred at approximately 9:08 a.m. Friday, is the Marquette County Sheriff's Office.

Preliminary investigation revealed the semi-truck was traveling eastbound on U.S. 41 with the motorcycle following.

According to witnesses, the semi-truck was slowing to make a left turn and the operator of the motorcycle was apparently unable to stop for the slowing truck.

The operator of the motorcycle, a 46-year-old Negaunee Township man, struck the rear of the semi-truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The operator of the semi-truck was not injured.

The motorcycle operator was not wearing a helmet and alcohol is not believed to be a factor.

Eastbound U.S. 41 traffic was detoured via M-35 for approximately two hours due to the crash.

The sheriff's office was assisted on the scene by troopers from the Negaunee Post, Negaunee Township Fire Department and Medi-Ride EMS.

The crash remains under investigation.



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