Motorcyclist killed in Statesville crash, troopers say

STATESVILLE, N.C. — A person has died following a motorcycle crash in Iredell County Thursday morning, according to North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

The collision occurred around 1:40 a.m. on Interstate 77 near mile marker 56.

Troopers said a 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling north on I-77, failed to reduce speed, and collided with a northbound 1998 International box truck.

The driver of the motorcycle, 35-year-old Dustin Kyle Pope, was ejected from the motorcycle before dying at the scene.

The driver of the box truck was not injured.

The initial investigation indicates excessive speed to be the contributing factor in the collision. 

This is a developing story. Check back with wsoctv.com for updates.

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