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.

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