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2 on motorcycle die after colliding with big rig on I-5

Posted: October 23, 2011 2:53 p.m.
Updated: October 23, 2011 2:53 p.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say two people died when the motorcycle they were on collided with a big rig on a major Southern California freeway, causing a traffic tie-up for several hours.

California Highway Patrol Officer Christian Craycraft says the motorcycle was riding between lanes on the northbound 5 Freeway in Pacoima late Sunday morning when the crash happened. Paramedics declared a man and a woman dead at the scene.

The wreck occurred as dozens of motorcyclists crowded the freeway on the 28th annual "Love Ride," a mobile charity fundraiser.

Craycraft says it appears the victims were riding ahead of the Love Ride motorcyclists and were not part of the charity event.

Three of the four northbound lanes were closed for nearly three hours.

Firefighters treated two people for cuts at the scene, and took another to a hospital on a backboard.


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