A 69-year-old Battle Creek man was killed, Tuesday afternoon, when he struck a semi-truck, on his motorcycle, in Emmett Township. His name is being withheld until family can be notified.

Public Safety Officers, from Emmett Township, were dispatched at 12:45 PM to the intersection of East Michigan Avenue and Wheatfield Parkway where they found the cyclist dead from his injuries. He was not wearing a helmet.

Preliminary investigation showed that the motorcycle was traveling west on E. Michigan Ave and the semi-truck east on E. Michigan Ave. The cyclist struck the semi as it was turning onto Wheatfield Parkway from Michigan Ave.

The driver of the semi, a 50-year-old man from Dearborn Heights, was not injured.

The accident forced the closure of east and west-bound M-96 for several hours. The roadways were cleared by 3:30 p.m.

Emmett Department of Public Safety was assisted by the Calhoun County Sheriff Department, Michigan State Police Motor Carrier Division, Calhoun County Road Department and MDOT.

The exact cause of the accident is still under investigation. Anyone that has any information or may have witnessed the accident is asked to call the Emmett Township Department of Public Safety Detective Bureau at 269-968-9303 or Silent Observer.