A motorcyclist died in an accident along the MAX tracks under the Broadway Bridge early Friday morning.

The name of the 40-year-old male victim was not immediately released.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim was riding a 2007 Honda Interceptor southbound on North Interstate Avenue and took the ramp to North Broadway. The rider failed to negotiate the first curve on the ramp, struck the concrete barrier and was thrown an estimated 140 feet, landing on the MAX tracks below the ramp.

Investigators believe that speed will be a factor in this crash. It is not known if the rider was impaired by alcohol or drugs. The Oregon State Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy and send blood samples for toxicology.

Trains were halted on the Interstate MAX line for part of the morning while police investigated the accident.

According to police, at 2:36 a.m. on Aug. 9, North Precinct officers responded to the report of a downed motorcycle missing a rider on North Interstate Avenue on the approach to the Broadway Bridge.

As officers were still en route, the caller reported finding the rider deceased on the MAX tracks.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and confirmed that the rider was deceased.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team responding to conduct the investigation.

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