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Motorcycle accident claims Negaunee Township man’s life

August 4, 2012
By JOHANNA BOYLE - Journal Ishpeming Bureau ( , The Mining Journal

NEGAUNEE - No names have been released in the motorcycle accident that killed a 46-year-old Negaunee Township man Friday morning.

According to the Marquette County Sheriff's Office, the accident occurred at 9:08 a.m. as a semi truck was traveling eastbound on U.S. 41 near the intersection with M-35.

Police said the truck had slowed to make a left turn. The motorcycle following the truck and carrying the accident victim was apparently unable to stop and struck the rear of the semi.

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Emergency personnel examine the truck and motorcycle involved in a fatal accident on U.S. Highway 41 Friday morning, near its intersection with M-35. The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident. (Journal photo by Matt Keiser)

The operator of the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene. The operator of the semi was not injured.

Police said the motorcycle driver was not wearing a helmet.

Eastbound traffic on U.S. 41 was detoured via M-35 for approximately two hours due to the crash.

Assisting at the scene were troopers from the Michigan State Police Negaunee Post, the Negaunee Township Fire Department and Medi-Ride EMS.

The accident remains under investigation.

Johanna Boyle can be reached at 906-486-4401. Her email address is



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