DALLAS -- A motorcyclist died early Thursday morning when he crashed into the back of an 18-wheeler on a Dallas County freeway.

A Hutchins police officer was trying to pull the cyclist over for an alleged traffic violation around 2:30 a.m.

Instead of pulling over, police said the rider accelerated and sped off.

He reportedly hit the rear of the tractor trailer truck and was killed.

Because of the crash, westbound Interstate-20 at Bonnie View Road was closed for several hours while officers conducted their investigation.

The name of the motorcyclist has not been released.

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