Motorcyclist identified in fatal trash truck crash


CASTLE HAYNE, NC (WWAY) — Highway Patrol says a motorcyclist died Tuesday morning after crashing into a garbage truck in New Hanover County.

According to Highway Patrol, a Pink Trash truck was picking up trash traveling west along Sidbury Road, and then was making a right turn onto Island Creek Road. A motorcycle, also traveling on west, was reportedly speeding when it approached the trash truck. It was unable to stop, and struck the garbage truck.

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The motorcycle then began to overturn and came to rest in a nearby yard, troopers say.

The driver of the motorcycle, 25-year-old Andrew Hartwell, died at the scene. Troopers say Hartwell was wearing a helmet.

Troopers say no impairment is suspected, but high speed was a factor in the collision.

No charges have been filed.