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Motorcyclist dies in crash with semi in Columbia County, authorities say
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Motorcyclist dies in crash with semi in Columbia County, authorities say

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CALEDONIA — A 32-year-old motorcyclist died Monday after he struck a semi truck while trying to pass it on Highway 33 near Tritz Road in the town of Caledonia, authorities reported.

According to a  press release from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, the motorcycle and a semi tractor trailer were both traveling west on Highway 33 when the driver of the motorcycle tried to pass the semi at a high rate of speed. The release said the semi turned left into the driveway of a gravel pit at the same time. 

The motorcyclist, Christopher Gene Binder, 32, of Coloma, struck the semi and was found 50 yards from the crash. The Columbia County Medical Examiner’s office said he died at the scene.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s office said it received complaints before the crash of a motorcyclist operating recklessly and speeding.

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