Motorcyclist Dies After Hitting Fallen Tree On I-85
Posted June 12, 2006 9:31 a.m. EDT
ORANGE COUNTY, N.C. — A severe thunderstorm in Orange County may be to blame for the death of a motorcyclist early Sunday morning.
The National Weather Service reports that lightning struck a tree along Interstate 85 near U.S. Highway 70.
The tree fell into the southbound lanes, Orange County authorities said, and the motorcyclist ran into the tree at about 5:50 a.m.
The driver, whose name was not immediately released, died at the scene.