Fatal crash shuts down part of Highway 65 in Anoka County

It happened at the intersection of Hwy. 65 and Viking Blvd.
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A fatal crash north of the Twin Cities closed a stretch of southbound Hwy. 65 on Wednesday. 

The crash happened around 11:17 a.m. at the intersection of Hwy. 65 and Viking Blvd. NE in East Bethel. Investigators believe that a Dodge flatbed pickup towing a trailer was eastbound on Viking Blvd. and collided with a person riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle southbound on Hwy. 65. 

The force of the collision ejected the motorcyclist from the bike, and despite life-saving efforts the biker was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim's identity has not been released. 

The driver of the pickup stayed at the scene and cooperated with authorities. The Anoka County Sheriff's Office said alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in the crash. 

More information will be released later Wednesday. 

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