Motorcyclist killed in collision with truck in Glendale

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GLENDALE -- A motorcycle rider was killed in a collision with a pickup truck near 51st and Myrtle avenues in Glendale Wednesday morning.

UNCUT: Police explain what happened

About 8:30 a.m., a construction crew was doing some repaving work in the area.

A red Chevrolet truck was turning into a hardware store on 51st Avenue when it was struck by a Harley Davidson motorcycle, according to Glendale police Sgt. Jim Toomey.

The collision broke the truck's rear axel and caused the right rear wheel to fall off.

Toomey said witnesses reported that the motorcyclist was speeding.

"This probably could have been a lot less serious if it weren't for the speeds involved," Toomey said.

The motorcyclist sustained severe head trauma. He was transported to a Valley hospital where he later died.

Toomey said the motorcycle rider was not wearing a helmet, which contributed to the seriousness of his injuries.

The male truck driver was not injured.

"Because this took place in a construction zone, we'll have to see if they have signs posted reducing the speed limit for that," Toomey said.

Police closed 51st Avenue between Glendale and Northern avenues for several hours, but it has since reopened.