A motorcyclist was killed after an accident with another motorcycle early Wednesday morning on Interstate 15 in San Diego.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the crash took place at around 8:15 a.m. near the University Avenue exit, where the two bikes ran into one another. One of the riders was then thrown from his bike and pinned beneath a big rig truck that was following close behind the riders at the time of the crash.

The motorcyclist, whose identity has not yet been released, was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later. More information about the rider will be released once the county coroner’s office has properly notified his or her next of kin.

The crash forced the closure of multiple lanes for several hours, backing up traffic for miles from the Interstate 805 transition to I-15, as crews worked to remove debris from active lanes and as police made a thorough investigation of the accident scene.

Officers on the scene reported that the motorcyclists were splitting through lanes on the highway at the time of the accident. Though lane splitting is not illegal, police are still determining whether or not the second motorcycle rider, who escaped uninjured, will face any criminal charges.

This accident comes as only the latest in a growing number of fatal motorcycle accidents on California’s roads. The CHP has noted that more people are turning to motorcycles as their primary mode of transportation, and that a between 2010 and 2011, there was a 20% increase in the number of fatal motorcycle accidents in the state.

Motorcycle accidents are some of the most dangerous on the road today, as motorcyclists are thirty times more likely to be killed in a crash than an automobile driver.

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