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Motorcycle crashes into semi on SR-52 in Santee, rider dies

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Posted at 6:32 AM, Mar 10, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-10 12:03:54-05

SANTEE, Calif. (KGTV) – A motorcyclist was killed early Thursday morning after crashing into a semi-truck on state Route 52 in the Santee area, the California Highway Patrol said.

CHP officials said the crash happened just before 5:15 a.m. on westbound SR-52, near Mast Boulevard.

According to the CHP, a Honda motorcycle was traveling west when it collided with the semi, resulting in the rider being ejected from the motorcycle.

The motorcyclist, identified as a 26-year-old man from La Mesa, was pronounced dead at the scene. CHP officials said the semi-truck’s driver was not hurt in the crash.

Due to the crash and investigation, multiple westbound SR-52 lanes in the immediate area were shut down, leading to a heavy traffic backup during the busy morning commute.

ABC 10News learned several vehicles overheated due to the slowing and congestion.

Following a clean-up that involved a hazardous materials crew, all affected lanes were reopened by 8:35 a.m.

The CHP is investigating the circumstances that led to the crash; it is unknown if alcohol/drugs were a factor in the collision.