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Crash with pickup kills biker, 23, in Wichita

Less than 24 hours after a fatal motorcycle crash, another motorcyclist died in a crash Saturday morning in southwest Wichita.

The crash occurred about 11 a.m. on MacArthur at I-235. Wichita police Sgt. Troy Nedbalek told reporters at the scene that the motorcycle was going west when it collided with a pickup that was turning from the southbound exit ramp from I-235. The 23-year-old rider was thrown from the motorcycle, and emergency workers pronounced him dead at the scene.

Investigators did not release his name Saturday.

Nedbalek said speed may have been a factor in the crash, but traffic investigators are still looking into the cause. Traffic was blocked on MacArthur for several hours.

Late Friday night, a 49-year-old man died after his motorcycle collided with a truck in the 2500 block of South Oliver.

Sgt. Steve Yarberry said Saturday that police were not releasing the man's name.

Yarberry said the man was northbound on Oliver with a 25-year-old female passenger when his motorcycle collided with a truck going south on Oliver.

The driver and passenger were thrown from the bike.

Emergency workers pronounced the man dead at the scene. They transported the woman to Wesley Medical Center in serious condition, but doctors later upgraded her condition.

The 33-year-old driver of the truck was not injured, Yarberry said.

He said investigators were still trying to determine the cause of the accident, which happened at about 10:55 p.m.

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