• Troopers ID motorcyclist killed after crashing into fallen tree in Lincoln Co.


    LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. - Police had to close Highway 73 in both directions early Wednesday in Lincoln County after a fatal crash involving a motorcycle and downed power lines.

    The crash happened around 2 a.m. between Club Drive and Killian Farm Road. 

    Investigators said 24-year-old Jacob Wayne Chase was driving west on a 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle when he hit a tree that had fallen into the road.

    Troopers said he was thrown from the bike and died at the scene.


    The highway was blocked near Treetops Drive and Channel 9 crews could see the badly damaged motorcycle in the road.

    Investigators said the downed tree also brought down some power lines.

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    About 750 people were without power but Duke Energy was able to restore all power before noon.

    Check back with wsoctv.com for updates on this story.

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