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Motorcyclist dies after crash with road sweeper

COLONIE - Colonie police say a motorcyclist died after an early morning crash with a road sweeper on Saturday.

Officials say the accident happened on Route 9 near Crescent Terrace at around 1:48 a.m.  According to officials a road sweeper driven by 55-year-old Boyie Maharaj of Schenectady was rear-ended by a motorcycle.  Police say the motorcycle caught on fire after the crash. 

The male driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead the scene.  His name is being withheld pending notification.  Officials say Maharaj was taken to Ellis Hospital for evaluation.  Officials say he is employed by Russell Sweepers, LLC of Clifton Park.

Route 9 was closed for several hours after the crash.  The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
 
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