Troopers investigate fatal motorcycle crash on I-5 in Tacoma

Troopers investigate fatal motorcycle crash on I-5 in Tacoma

TACOMA, Wash. — A fatal motorcycle crash blocked all lanes of I-5 northbound in Tacoma for more than two and a half hours on Friday.

Troopers responded to the crash just after 1 p.m. at milepost 132 near M Street.

Investigators said a motorcyclist tried to slow down for traffic but hit another vehicle.

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"Witnesses indicate the rider may have been attempting to make a lane change when he struck a vehicle in the process. The downed rider was potentially struck by a vehicle who fled the scene," Trooper Johnna Batiste said in a tweet.

Troopers said the 44-year-old motorcyclist died at the scene.

After 3 p.m., troopers said the roadway reopened.

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