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A motorcyclist was killed early today in Irving when he rear-ended an 18-wheeler on the Airport Freeway, according to police.

The crash occurred around 2:15 a.m. on State Highway 183 near Story Road. The motorcyclist was not immediately identified.

Investigators said the eastbound motorcycle was traveling at a high speed. The semi that the motorcycle rear-ended was believed to have been going at a normal highway speed.

It as not clear whether the truck driver was injured.

The crash and subsequent investigation closed the eastbound lanes of 183 for hours. The freeway reopened before 6 a.m.

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