Motorcyclist killed after hitting tractor-trailer, run over by dump truck

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A motorcyclist was killed Wednesday afternoon when he crashed into a tractor-trailer in southwest Charlotte, police said.

Investigators told Channel 9 that Andre Williams, 40, was driving his motorcycle at a high rate of speed on South Tryon Street when he struck the back of the tractor-trailer as it was making a turn.

Police said Williams was thrown from his motorcycle. The impact was so violent that the motorcycle became stuck under the trailer and was dragged a quarter of a mile until the driver saw it in his rearview mirror and stopped.

Police said after Williams was thrown from his motorcycle, he was then run over by a dump truck.

Police said excessive speed was a factor in the fatal crash, and that the drivers of the tractor-trailer and dump truck were not charged.

A witness told police the motorcycle had been going 70 miles an hour in a 45 mile an hour zone.

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