A major freeway interchange near downtown Fresno was closed Sunday night when a motorcyclist crashed and was struck by a following vehicle, the CHP said.
The crash happened on the ramp connecting westbound Highway 180 to northbound Highway 41. The CHP was called at 6:01 p.m. about a vehicle into a motorcycle. Two minutes later the CHP got a call that another vehicle had run over a person.
To investigate the incident, the CHP closed the ramp down, and traffic backed up as a result. The county coroner was called and got stuck in the traffic as well.
On Monday the CHP reported that a 25-year-old man on a Kawasaki motorcycle was headed west on Highway 180 and took the ramp to go north on Highway 41. The motorcycle driver lost control on the ramp, collided with a guardrail and landed in the roadway. A GMC Yukon driven by a 25-year-old Fresno man was following, and the driver did not see the motorcyclist before striking him. The motorcyclist, of Fresno, sustained fatal injuries, the CHP said.
The dead man was from Fresno but was not identified pending notification of relatives.
It was unclear if drug or alcohol use played a role in the incident, the CHP said.