Motorcyclist dies after Anchorage accident

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

ANCHORAGE- Anchorage police say a motorcyclist  died from injuries sustained in a collision with a dump truck. The accident happened just after 8 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of Dowling Road and Petersburg Street.
   
Police say in a release that the motorcycle was traveling eastbound on Dowling when it collided with a dump truck pulling a trailer. The truck was turning westbound onto Dowling from Petersburg at the time of the accident."with these kind of dump trucks, towing a pump you don't always see as a driver the trailer being pulled because you're just looking at the primary large object and miss the smaller one behind it," said APD spokeswoman Jennifer Castro.
   
The motorcyclist, who was wearing a helmet, was declared dead later Thursday morning at a hospital. The motorcyclist's identity will be released after next-of-kin are informed. The truck driver wasn't injured.

Castro says the recent amount of motorcycle involved accidents is not unusual. The early snow melt and warm weather could be contributing factors because so many people are driving for leisure.
   
No citations have been issued, and the accident remains under investigation.There have been 2 motorcycle fatalities in Anchorage for 2014.

Associated Press contributed to portions of this article.

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