A MOTORCYCLIST has died following a serious crash in Portsmouth this morning, police have confirmed.
The incident happened at 6.28am in Eastern Road.
The 52-year-old biker from Gosport collided with a yellow pick-up between the Kirpal Road and East Shore Road junctions.
The man was rushed to Queen Alexandra Hospital with ‘life-threatening injuries’ by paramedics.
But inspite of valiant efforts by doctors to save him, he died of his injuries.
A police spokesman said: ‘Police were called at 6.28am this morning to reports of a collision in Portsmouth.
‘The collision involving a Mitsubishi pick-up truck and a Yamaha moped happened at the Kirpal Road junction with Eastern Road.
‘The moped rider, a 52-year-old man from Gosport, was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital but sadly died of his injuries. The truck driver was uninjured.
‘Local roads were closed, but these have now re-opened.’
Eastern Road has now re-opened.
It had been cordoned off in both directions between Burrfields Road and Milton Road by police for about three hours.
Officers said they were alerted to the crash at 6.28am.
A spokesman described the incident as ‘serious’.
The crash is understood to have involved a Portsmouth City Council Colas contractor vehicle.
A spokeswoman for the city council added: ‘Our thoughts are with the families of all involved and we’ll support the Police with their investigation however we can.’
Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call Sergeant Richard Grant on 101, quoting 44160404303.