By Joe Fanaselle, SWRNN contributor
Update: According to California Highway Patrol officer Nathan Baer, the motorcyclist was traveling southbound on I-215 this morning when he attempted to make a lane change.
Realizing that traffic had slowed, the motorcyclist applied a hard brake and lost control, Baer said.
The man was thrown from the motorcycle and landed under the rear axle of an 18-wheeler that ran over and killed him.
Baer said: “The man was wearing a helmet, but in this instance there was nothing that he could do.”
Original story: A motorcyclist was killed this morning in a traffic collision shortly after 7:30 a.m. on southbound 215 Freeway.
The accident occurred on the southbound I-215, just north of Murrieta Hot Springs Road.
Four vehicles — all in the number one lane behind the motorcycle– were involved in the crash, appearing to have rear-ended each other.
There have been no reports of serious injury from any of the drivers of the vehicles. It is not known if there were any passengers in the cars.
Officials from the Murrieta Fire Department, Murrieta Police Department and California Highway Patrol were all on scene.
Traffic in the southbound lanes is being diverted onto Murrieta Hot Springs from the southbound off-ramp.
A SigAlert has been issued for about the next two hours as authorities work to clear the scene and investigate the crash.