Motorcyclist killed in morning crash on I-80 was ‘weaving in and out of traffic,’ CHP says

A male motorcyclist was killed Monday morning in a multi-vehicle crash that blocked multiple lanes of westbound Interstate 80 near the Capital City Freeway split for several hours, according to California Highway Patrol.

The collision involved a motorcycle and three or four other vehicles, and was reported at about 4:50 a.m. just west of the Capital City Freeway split, CHP’s North Sacramento office said in a news release.

The motorcycle was traveling “at a high rate of speed, weaving in and out of traffic,” when it struck the right front corner of a Ford F-250 pickup truck, the news release said.

This collision ejected the motorcyclist, who ended up in the No. 5 lane of traffic and fell unconscious, CHP said. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District personnel at 5:01 a.m., CHP said.

Two or three additional vehicles collided following the initial crash, according to CHP. The cause of these secondary collisions was not clear.

Four of the five lanes on westbound I-80 were closed for investigation and debris clean-up by Caltrans crews, CHP said. Lanes were gradually reopened, with the final lane clearing just after 8 a.m. Significant delays were observed for about three hours, with heavy congestion accumulating during rush hour.

The identity of the deceased will be released by the coroner’s office pending notification of family.

Anyone with additional information regarding the incident is urged to contact Officer Amy Walker of CHP’s North Sacramento office at 916-348-2300 or 916-798-0975.

Michael McGough anchors The Sacramento Bee’s breaking news reporting team, covering public safety and other local stories. A Sacramento native and lifelong capital resident, he interned at The Bee while attending Sacramento State, where he earned a degree in journalism.