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An off-road motorcyclist died Wednesday after he rode into the path of a big rig on a desert highway in Ocotillo Wells, authorities said.

It happened about 12:30 p.m. on state Route 78 near Split Mountain Road in the small desert community, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Matthew Baranowski.

The victim, a 36-year-old Oceanside man, was stopped on the shoulder of the highway when he pulled onto the road riding a 2015 KTM EXC-450 enduro off-road dirt bike, Baranowski said.

But the rider “failed to observe” a 2016 Kenworth big rig hauling a propane tank trailer heading west on SR-78 and struck the side of the truck as he pulled onto the highway, Baranowski said. He was thrown from the motorcycle and gravely injured.

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The victim was airlifted to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, where he died, according to Baranowski. His name was not released.

The 59-year-old trucker from Albuquerque was uninjured in the crash, and neither alcohol nor drugs were suspected factors in the collision, Baranowski said.

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