Motorcycle rider killed in a Phoenix accident

An Arizona motorcycle accident has resulted in the death of a rider in his 50s, according to CBS News. The motorcyclist was heading eastbound on Interstate 10 on the West side of Phoenix when he was involved in a collision with a pickup truck on Tuesday morning.

A DPS spokesman said the Phoenix bike crash occurred around 9 AM at the 59th Avenue overpass. Several lanes of traffic were closed for several hours.

The motorcyclist was wearing his helmet at the time of the collision. He was rushed by ambulance to a Phoenix hospital and passed away a short time later.

The cause of the accident has not yet been reported. It has not been reported that drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.

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According to ADOT, in the year 2008 alone there were 3,531 Arizona motorcycle crashes. Of those bike accidents, 3,004 people were injured and 140 were killed. Those numbers are slightly up from the year before, when in 2007 there were 3,464 Arizona motorcycle accidents that injured 2,929 and killed 135. Statistics for the year 2009 have not yet been released.