A California Highway Patrol cruiser. Photo via CHP

A 19-year-old motorcyclist was killed Wednesday in a morning rush-hour crash on Interstate 5 near Buena Vista Lagoon.

The South Carolina man was headed south when he lost control of his BMW two-wheeler for unknown reasons and tumbled onto the roadway north of Jefferson Street in Carlsbad about 6:45 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

He was then struck by an oncoming Ford F-150 pickup, suffering fatal injuries. The victim, whose name was withheld pending family notification, died at the scene, CHP public-affairs Officer Kevin Smale said.

The driver of the truck, a 42-year-old Oceanside woman, was unhurt.

The far right-hand southbound lane of I-5 was closed in the area for about 90 minutes due to the fatality.

The cause of the crash was under investigation, Smale said.

Updated at 12:55 p.m. Sept. 11, 2019

–City News Service

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