Motorcyclist Dies After Beaufort County Accident

We now know the identity of the motorcyclist killed yesterday in Beaufort County.

Troopers have confirmed James Michael Harris died after he lost control of his bike on Gray Road, crossed the center line, and slammed into a pick up truck. It happened around 3-15pm.

The truck driver says he tried to avoid the motorcycle but it came straight at him. Authorities say the pick up truck driver was not seriously injured.

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A motorcycle driver was seriously injured when his cycle crashed into an oncoming pickup truck.

The accident happened around 3:15 p.m. on Gray Road, that's south of Chocowinity in Beaufort County.

The motorcycle driver was first taken to Beaufort County Hospital and then airlifted to Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

The pickup truck driver says he was heading down Gray Road when the approaching cycle apparently lost control, skidded and then hit the front of his truck. The driver says he tried to avoid the motorcycle, but it came straight at his truck.

A passenger in the pickup was also injured, possibly by the air bag which deployed.

Gray Road was shut down as rescue crews cleared the wreckage and state troopers investigated the crash.

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