A deadly motorcycle and SUV crash shut down a rural road near Gaston this afternoon.
The Gaston Rural Fire District reported the crash happened around 3:30 p.m.
Once crews arrived they found a motorcycle and an SUV had crashed on Laurelwood Road near the base of Bald Peak.
Fire officials said the motorcycle rider was already dead when they arrived.
Crews shut down Laurelwood Road for several hours as they investigated the crash and cleared the scene.
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