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Motorcyclist Killed in Crash With Dump Truck

The motorcycle driver drifted into the path of the dump truck heading toward him.

A 49-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a head-on crash with a dump truck this morning. 

William B. Bierbaum of Palmetto was driving his 2007 Harley-Davidson south on CR 675 in the southbound lane, just north of Rye Road, when he drifted into the northbound lane, in front of Spencer N. Taylor, driving a 2004 dump truck, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

According to the FHP report:

Taylor, of Parrish, was headed north just after 9:30 a.m. when Bierbaum entered into his truck's path, and the Harley hit the front of his dump truck. The truck continued forward pushing the Harley and Bierbaum north.

Because of the impact from the crash, Taylor was unable to steer the truck and it drifted to the left and traveled in the southbound lane.

The Harley separated from the truck and stopped on the west shoulder of CR 675, allowing Taylor to steer the truck onto the west shoulder of CR 675, to the north of the motorcycle.

Bierbaum was taken to the Medical Examiner's office.

There are no charges in the crash.

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