Motorcyclist killed in crash involving utility truck

Authorities are on scene of a deadly crash involving a Consumers Energy truck and motorcycle in Cooper Township Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017.

COOPER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A motorcyclist was killed in a crash involving a Consumer Energy truck in Kalamazoo County Tuesday.

It happened around 5:15 a.m. near the intersection of West B and Douglas avenues in Cooper Township, north of Kalamazoo.

Authorities said the victim is a 44-year-old Petoskey man.

Consumers Energy spokesperson Roger Morgenstern told 24 Hour News 8 that the motorcyclist was killed after a rear-end collision with a Consumers Energy truck, which was parked alongside the road with its warning lights on as the crew surveyed wind damage in the area. Authorities said witnesses to the crash confirmed the emergency lights were activated at the time of the crash.

No Consumers Energy workers were injured.

Michigan State Police told 24 Hour News 8 that it appears the motorcyclist is at fault.

The crash remains under investigation.

Consumers Energy crews are out working to restore power to thousands due to high winds across West Michigan Tuesday.

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