Motorcyclist dies after being hit by minivan on Deerfoot Trail

Police are investigating whether distracted driving played a factor in the crash.

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A 50-year-old man has died after being hit by a minivan while on his motorcycle in a morning crash on Friday.

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The Calgary Police Service said the rider was sitting on the motorcycle in a traffic hole that separates the Deerfoot Trail and the exit to 212 Avenue SE, a stretch of road that was not intended for driving. At the same time, a Toyota minivan drove north into the hole and hit the back of the motorcycle at high speed.

The motorcyclist died on the spot. Police are investigating whether distracted driving played a factor in the crash.

Toyota was driven by a 39-year-old man and carried passengers, including a 39-year-old woman and four children, ranging in age from one to 12 years old.

The driver and five other passengers were driven to the hospital as a precaution.

The Northbound Deerfoot Trail was closed while emergency personnel were on site. Lanes reopened just after noon. 6 Friday morning.

Anyone with information about the collision should contact police at 403-266-1234 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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