One killed after motorcycle hits garbage truck

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- One person was killed in a crash involving a motorcycle on Middlebrook Pike after 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Knoxville police were called to a crash involving a motorcycle and a Waste Connections truck on Middlebrook Pike at Henson Rd.

Police say that according to the preliminary investigation, the Waste Connections truck was crossing Middlebrook Pike from Henson Rd when a motorcycle traveling west on Middlebrook Pike struck the rear wheels of the truck.

The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said that several witnesses reported the motorcycle was traveling at a high rate of speed, weaving in and out of traffic just prior to the crash, and at this time, speed and reckless driving are considered to be contributing factors in this crash.

The name of the fatal victim will be released once notification to next-of-kin has been completed