State police say a motorcyclist was fatally injured and his passenger was seriously hurt in a crash in Beverly.
Authorities say the accident happened just before 3:30 p.m. Friday when a motorcycle operated by a 30-year-old Gloucester man veered into a guardrail on Route 128 and he was thrown off. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
His passenger, a 29-year-old Rockport woman, is in the hospital with serious injuries.
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Troopers are investigating excessive speed as a factor.