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Turlock collision claims life of motorcyclist
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A motorcyclist was killed in a rear-end collision with a tractor-trailer truck Friday morning on W. Main Street in Turlock, the Turlock Police Department reported.

The name of the deceased has not been released at this time, as the police department is awaiting positive identification and the next of kin notification. The deceased was described as a white male in his 30s.

The collision happened at 8:56 a.m. Friday in the 4000 block of W. Main Street.

The initial report stated a tractor-trailer had been rear-ended by a motorcycle, said Turlock Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Parmley.

“Officers responded to the scene and discovered the motorcyclist had died and life-saving measures were not possible,” Parmley said.

The driver of the tractor trailer remained on scene and is cooperating with this investigation. He was not injured.

“The Turlock Police Department is in the early stages of investigating this collision, however, investigators can say that speed was a factor in this incident,” Parmley said. “It is unknown if alcohol or drugs were involved.”

The roadway was closed for nearly three hours while officers investigated this incident.

At this time, the Turlock Police Department has not received any calls of anyone who witnessed this collision.

The Turlock Police Department asks that anyone with information call Traffic Officer Michael Simbalenko at (209) 668-6523. You can also contact the Turlock Police Department’s Tip Line at (209) 668-5550 extension 6780 or email at