Motorcyclist killed in crash on I-395 in Arlington

A motorcyclist was killed in a crash in the predawn hours of Tuesday on I-395 in Arlington, Virginia.

The Virginia State Police said in a statement Tuesday that the motorcyclist was traveling north on I-395 “at a high rate of speed” just before 2 a.m. when they went off the left side of the highway and struck a cement wall, according to witnesses.

The bike then crossed the entire highway and hit the guardrail on the other side of the road at the exit for Washington Boulevard/Va. 27. When it hit the rail, the rider was ejected and the motorcycle caught fire. The rider was pronounced dead at the scene.

The rider’s identity hasn’t been released yet. The ramp to Exit 8A was closed for nearly four hours.

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