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Motorcycle rider dies after colliding with pickup in Rothschild

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Crash scene investigators taking measurements after Rothschild pickup vs. motorcycle crash
Emergency vehicles at Rothschild crash scene
Crash scene investigators taking measurements after Rothschild pickup vs. motorcycle crash

ROTHSCHILD, Wis. (WSAU) -- Traffic was directed away from a busy Rothschild intersection late Thursday night, after a pickup truck collided with a motorcycle.

Marathon County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant Frank Hanousek says they are still looking into the cause of the crash. “The cycle was going northbound. The truck was coming off the southbound ramp. They collided. It’s still under investigation.”

This is the intersection of I-39 and Business 51 next to Wausau Homes and right across from the Weston Power Plant.

Hanousek says the motorcycle rider did not survive.  "The cyclist was pronounced deceased on the scene. We have one fatality, a male.”

The intersection remained closed after both vehicles were towed away so the crash reconstruction team could complete their work.

Rothschild police may release the motorcyclist’s name and the name of the woman driving the pickup truck later Friday.  

The crash happened at about 8:30 p.m.

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