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.