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.
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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.