AMBER TWP. — A motorcyclist died Saturday shortly after 1 p.m. in a crash with a pickup truck on U.S. 10 near the U.S. 31 bypass just west of Scottville.
The motorcyclist, a 59-year-old Wisconsin man, “was pronounced dead at the scene,” stated Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole in a press release.
The driver of the pickup truck, identified as a female from Fennville, Michigan, was not injured, Cole told the Daily News.
Cole said there were passengers in the truck, but “No one else was hurt.”
The preliminary indications are that the motorcycle was traveling eastbound on U.S. 10 and missed the north U.S. 31 bypass, Cole stated in the press release. The motorcyclist pulled off of U.S. 10 and attempted to make a U-turn, but he did so into the path of the eastbound pickup truck, and then the truck struck the motorcycle broadside, according to Cole.
“Neither alcohol nor speed appear to have played a role in the crash, and the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet. Names will be released once notification of family has been made,” Cole stated.
Mason County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the incident at 1:04 p.m. Saturday, and they were assisted by Michigan State Police troopers from the Hart Post, Michigan Department of Natural Resources law enforcement, Mason Life EMS and the Scottville and Custer fire departments.
The roadway by the U.S. 31 bypass was closed to traffic for approximately three hours as authorities were responding to the crash and conducting the investigation.