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Motorcyclist killed in crash that closed Homestead Grays Bridge for hours

HOMESTEAD, Pa. — A motorcyclist was killed in a crash that shut down the Homestead Grays Bridge for five hours early Tuesday morning.

Officials said the crash, which was reported about 12:30 a.m., involved the motorcycle and two other vehicles. It happened on the Homestead side of the bridge, in a construction zone.

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Construction has been taking place on the bridge since late March, forcing overnight single-lane restrictions in both directions. No workers were hurt during the crash.

Investigators said the motorcycle was speeding. Construction workers reported hearing its engine.

The motorcycle crashed into the back of a car, police said. The driver was then thrown over the car and was struck. The bike slid into another vehicle.

Family members of the motorcyclist confirmed his death to Channel 11's Jennifer Tomazic, telling her he was from Homestead. The Medical Examiner identified him as 41-year-old Gary Lamont Butler Jr.

No other injuries were reported.

Allegheny County crime scene investigators and an accident reconstruction team were called to the scene.