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Speeding motorcyclist falls to his death

A 22-year-old motorcyclist was killed after falling 20 meters from an elevated road after his motorbike crashed into a rail at high speed early yesterday.

Traffic police are investigating the accident.

It is illegal to ride mopeds or motorcycles on elevated roads, they said.

Police said the accident happened at 1:40am when the man was on the ramp of the North-South Elevated Road to Hongqiao International Airport.

A witness said he saw the motorbike "flying" at an extremely high speed on the elevated road when the rider seemed to lose control.

He said the motorbike hit on the side of the road, causing the driver to be thrown off at the intersection of Gonghexin Road and Wenshui Road.

The rider wasn't wearing a helmet and his motorbike had no license plates.

Another witness said he saw the bike sliding along the ground for about 30 meters after falling from the elevated road.

Police said there were signs that the machine had been modified to make it run faster.

Last month, an 18-year-old man died during a motorbike race on Jintong Road.

On June 4, police caught more than 20 young men who were drag racing on Waiqingsong Road on modified motorcycles.


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