Motorcyclist killed in crash with pole on SH 79 near Hutto

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HUTTO, Texas (KXAN) — A motorcyclist was killed in a crash with a pole on the side of State Highway 79 between Hutto and Taylor, Thursday afternoon.

The motorcycle rider was identified as Michael Bradford Simms, 55, of Austin.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says Simms was traveling westbound on US 79 when he crossed over the eastbound lanes of the highway and drove off the road. DPS says Simms fell off the motorcycle and struck a telephone pole. The motorcycle continued moving through the shoulder where it came to a stop near the railroad tracks.

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