FREMONT (CBS SF) – A man was killed in a motorcycle crash on an Interstate Highway 680 on-ramp in Fremont Wednesday morning.

The crash happened at about 5:40 a.m. as the motorcyclist, who was riding a Kawasaki bike, tried to enter northbound I-680 from Mission Boulevard, California Highway Patrol Officer Steve Creel said.

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Witnesses reported that the bike appeared to be traveling at 70 to 75 mph as the rider prepared to merge into highway traffic, which is not heavy in the northbound direction at that hour, Creel said.

As the rider rode up the on-ramp, smoke was seen coming from the bike, and the rider veered left over a raised median that separates the on-ramp from the highway, Creel said.

He was ejected from the motorcycle and landed on the right shoulder of the highway. The bike came to rest in the right lane.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The CHP is still investigating what caused the crash, Creel said.

The right lane of the highway was closed as the accident was cleared.

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Comments (8)
  1. Giapi says:

    Gosh, One person dies at 5:40am on the freeway and just 2 1/2 hours later it appears on my smart phone. His death is very tragic for the person’s family and friends.

    1. k says:

      Gosh, you are just a rock star

  2. k says:

    You guys need to quit riding those things, I know it gets you laid, but c’mon

  3. Skunky says:

    Not mine. I have the two-wheeled equivalent of a Buick.

  4. jiv says:

    I saw the aftermath of this accident today. Extremely humbling experience. Life is so fragile. My prayers and condolences to this man and his family.

  5. Steve Corioso says:

    To the family, I said prayers for your loved one after passing by the accident. May god bless you and your family in this difficult time

  6. Mike Knudtson says:

    I’ve lived thru 2 motorcycle accidents,neither one was my fault. I don’t ride anymore. driving by this accident this morning brought back some horrible feelings about family and what is left behind.You wake up thinking just another day at work…here I come and BAM…My prayers go out to the family.Please out for motorcycles…and riders please slow down and be safe.You don’t want your family to have to deal with the aftermath.

  7. kc says:

    Hope he bought life insurance.

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