Fatal motorcycle crash claims 30-year-old Townsend man

State Troopers are still on scene of a fatal accident between a motorcycle and truck in Townsend. Suchat Pederson, The News Journal

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A 30-year-old man died Wednesday after losing control of his motorcycle and being hit by a truck on Wiggins Mill Road in Townsend, said Master Cpl. Michael Austin of Delaware State Police.

Although speed is being considered as a factor, impairment is unknown, Austin said.

The man, of Townsend, was headed north on Wiggins Mill Road, south of Rose Valley Drive, riding a Honda motorcycle, when police say he failed to make a rightward curve and crossed the centerline.

He was then separated from the motorcycle and thrown directly into the path of a Dodge truck, driven by a 26-year-old Dover man. Both came to a complete stop, police said.

The motorcycle traveled a short distance, eventually stopping in a field off the west edge of the road, Austin said.

The Townsend man was pronounced dead at the scene by responding EMS. His identification is pending until next of kin can be notified, Austin said.

The man driving the truck was properly restrained and was not injured during the collision. Police confirmed impairment is not being considered as a factor for him.

Wiggins Mill Road was closed for nearly 3 hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

The investigation is ongoing and police are asking anyone with information about the collision to contact Cpl. J. Aube of the Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit at 302-365-8483.

The Delaware Department of Transportation tweeted the road closure, and warned drivers to use caution in the area.

Contact Josephine Peterson at (302) 324-2856 or jhpeterson@delawareonline.com. Follow her on Twitter at @jopeterson93.

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