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Motorcyclist killed after toppling over Tampa interstate bridge

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Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 10:52 AM

The junction of Interstates 4 and 275 near downtown Tampa was shut down by Florida Highway Patrol troopers this morning after a motorcyclist hit a wall and tumbled over the bridge onto the pavement below.

The 11 a.m. wreck killed the biker, from Denmark, and shut down the heavily traveled interstate exchange for two hours. Troopers reopened the highway by 1:20 p.m. Sunday.

The 46-year-old biker, riding a 2013 Harley Davidson Electra Glide, was westbound on Interstate 4 in the inside lane and tried to move to the right when he lost control and drove off the road onto the paved shoulder.

Troopers said the bike struck the concrete wall, pitching the motorcyclist over the barrier. He fell about 30 feet onto the southbound lanes of Interstate 275, troopers said.

The biker, whose name was not released pending notification of next of kin, died at the scene, troopers said.

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