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N.H. man dies in Milford motorcycle crash

A 51-year-old New Hampshire motorcyclist has died after a crash this afternoon on Interstate 495 South in Milford, State Police said.

The crash happened on the highway at Route 109 at about 4:30 p.m., State Police said.

The man from Weare, N.H., was driving a 2010 Harley Davidson motorcycle, State Police said. For unknown reasons, the man appeared to lose control and crashed the motorcycle, coming to a stop in the middle travel lane, State Police said.

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He was taken by the Milford Fire/EMS Departments to Milford Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

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Two lanes were closed on the highway, causing over nine miles of traffic backups. State Police said the lanes were reopened at about 5:30 p.m.

No further information was immediately available.

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.tempera@globe.com. Follow her on twitter @jacktemp. Jennifer Smith can be reached at jennifer.smith@globe.com.