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Motorcyclist Dies After Hitting Fallen Tree On I-85

Posted June 12, 2006 9:31 a.m. EDT

— 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.