Motorcyclist killed after crashing into Consumers Energy truck in Kalamazoo County

A motorcyclist was killed after crashing into a Consumers Energy truck Tuesday morning in northern Cooper Township. (WWMT/Patrick Hagan)

Michigan State Police is investigating a fatal crashing involving a motorcyclist and a Consumers Energy truck in Kalamazoo County.

It happened at B Avenue and Douglas Avenue in northern Cooper Township around 5:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Troopers tell Newschannel 3 a motorcyclist crashed into a Consumers Energy truck and went down into the ditch. Michigan State Police officials said the motorcyclist was killed in the crash. No one else was injured.

Consumers Energy said the vehicle involved was a digger truck with an auger on it. It is used to set power poles. Officials said the truck was parked alongside the road with its amber warning lights activated while surveying wind storm damage in the area when it was hit. Witnesses to the crash confirmed that the truck’s emergency lights were activated.

Troopers said the man who died was a 44-year-old from Petoskey who was northbound on Douglas Avenue when he hit the utility truck.

We are told no Consumers Energy workers were injured in the crash.

Roger Morgenstern, who is a Public Information Director with Consumers Energy, sent us a statement, "Consumers Energy is cooperating with the Michigan State Police as the accident investigation continues. We extend our thoughts and prayers to the motorcyclist's family and friends."

Douglas Avenue was shut down for hours crews investigated but is back open.

Michigan State Police is handling the investigation.

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