LIBERTY COUNTY -

Authorities say a motorcyclist is dead after an early morning crash near Dayton.

The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office says deputies and Dayton police responded to an accident involving a motorcycle and an 18-wheel tractor trailer on Highway 1960 at CR 611 around 7 a.m. Monday.

Officials said the 18-wheeler was turning onto Highway 1960 from CR 611 when the motorcyclist hit the middle of the trailer.

The motorcycle driver died at the scene.

Traffic was diverted off Highway 1960 to CR 611 while authorities conducted their investigation.

Officials said limited visibility from the heavy and thick morning fog contributed to the crash.