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A motorcycle accident on the Grand Island Bridge claimed the life of a 32-year-old motorcyclist on his way to work.

When crossing the bridge toward Niagara Falls, the motorcyclist failed to notice a van was broken down in the road. Behind the van was a red pickup truck. The motorcyclist noticed too late that the pickup truck ahead of him had slowed down, according to New York State Police.

The man hit the pickup truck on the driver side. The motorcycle and operator of the bike went airborne, landing on the bridge deck in the left lane beneath a tractor trailer.

The motorcyclist did not survive. No one else was injured. Officials are unsure why he didn’t see the hazard in front of him.

A trust fund has been set up to help the three young children who lost their father in the motorcycle crash. Donations can be made to the Zbock Family Trust through the Next Financial Group, 6631 Main St., Williamsville, NY 1422.

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