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Motorcycle crash causes gridlock on Ga. 316

LAWRENCEVILLE - A motorcyclist was airlifted from the westbound lanes of Ga. Highway 316 on Tuesday morning after he rear-ended a truck, authorities said.

Police said the man was westbound on his Harley Davidson when he struck a Dodge pickup truck near the intersection of Ga. Highway 316 and Hi-Hope Road. The motorcyclist, who was conscious at the scene, suffered "roadway abrasions" and was transported by helicopter ambulance to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, said Lawrenceville police Sgt. R. Morgan.

Officials did not immediately release the man's name. No other injuries were reported.

The 10:24 a.m. crash froze Ga. Highway 316 traffic headed in both directions for about a half hour.

A Life Net helicopter landed on the westbound highway lanes as police kept traffic at bay.

Morgan said the motorcyclist, whom he described as "older," lost control of the Harley before impact. Officials bypassed Gwinnett Medical Center for the driver's treatment because the hospital was on neurological diversion, Morgan said.

GMC diverts trauma patients to other area hospitals when a neuro surgeon is not on call, said hospital spokeswoman Andrea Wehrmann.

Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge said he was unable to provide an update on the man's injuries due to patient privacy laws.