Arizona Motorcycle Crash Kills Rider, Closes Busy Road

Arizona Motorcycle Crash Kills Rider, Closes Busy RoadAlthough accident reports of motorcycle crashes waned slightly between 2009 and 2010, the subtle difference indicates that operating a motorcycle in Arizona remains a risky decision. Over the last few weeks, motorcycle accidents have claimed the lives of a number of riders and injured even more.

On Wednesday, November 9, one motorcycle accident led police to shut down the road for hours and left the vehicle’s rider dead, ABC affiliate News 15 reports.

According to the news source, the accident occurred in the evening hours in the area of State Route 87 and Gilbert road. Arizona Department of Transportation officials told the media outlet that after the accident, Southbound SR 87 was closed at the intersection of Gilbert Road.

Further details of the crash have not yet been released.

The November 9 accident comes only weeks after another fatal motorcycle wreck on the same highway.

According to the Arizona Republic, the late October accident led to the death of two people and injured two others, and closed Arizona 87 for hours.

Officials from the Arizona Department of Public Safety told the news provider that the accident occurred when a pickup truck and a motorcycle allegedly collided near the junction of Arizona 188, near Payson. A helicopter was called to take the victims to the hospital, however officials did not specify how many were taken.

Investigators believe the accident occurred when the motorcyclist slowed down before approaching the junction, but the pickup truck, traveling behind the motorcycle, did not, and allegedly struck the back of the motorcycle, killing both of its riders. The pickup then rolled several time before coming to rest, the news source stated.

In 2010, there were 2,735 fatal motorcycle crashes throughout the state, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.