A motorcyclist was killed in a collision involving a big-rig truck and at least one other vehicle early Tuesday morning on Interstate 80 near Citrus Heights, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The victim, identified as a 38-year-old Los Angeles man, was pronounced dead at the scene after the crash, which occurred just after 4:30 a.m. near the Antelope scalesthe CHP North Sacramento office said in a news release.
The motorcyclist was riding a 2009 Kawasaki westbound on I-80 near the scales when he crashed into the back of a 2012 Ford Fusion driving in front of him, causing him to be ejected, the news release said.
The rider and the bike slid on the roadway and came to rest in the No. 4 lane of traffic, directly in the path of a big rig that was unable to avoid colliding with the man, the CHP said.
Westbound I-80 was reduced to one lane at the Antelope scales near Citrus Heights for nearly two hours as officers investigated the crash. All lanes of traffic reopened around 6:30 a.m., CHP North Sacramento tweeted.
The incident remains under investigation, but no immediate arrests were made. The Citrus Heights woman, 58, who was driving the Ford and the truck driver, a 64-year-old Granite Bay man, each remained at the scene and cooperated with authorities, according to the news release. Neither of those parties were injured.
Anyone who witnessed the collision or has additional information is urged call Officer Mike Zerfas or Officer Amy Walker with the CHP North Sacramento office at 916-348-2300 or 916-798-0975.