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Aug 18, 2011 7:35 PM by Carolyn Carver

Young man dies in motorcycle crash

The county coroner just arrived to the scene of a deadly motorcycle crash snarling traffic near Garden of the Gods Road and Chestnut Street.

Fire crews say the young man driving the motorcycle died instantly after colliding with a truck around 4:30 this afternoon. Southbound lanes of Garden of the Gods road are closed between Forest Hill and I-25 and crews expect the roads will be shut down for at least another hour.

Witnesses say the young man was driving quickly into stopped traffic and hit the tire of a black Ford F-250 causing him to go chest first into the back of the truck.

Fire officials say he was wearing a helmet and it was still intact when he died. The witness estimated the killed motorcyclist was 18 or 19 years old.

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