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Motorcycle rider beheaded in San Bernardino freak accident

A motorcycle rider has been decapitated in a freak accident in San Bernardino.

Authorities say 27-year-old Fabian Zepeda was killed Tuesday morning when he drove into a wire stretched across a road from a snapped utility pole.

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Police told the Riverside Press-Enterprise that minutes earlier, a driver lost control of a Ford Taurus, which hit a mailbox and ran across a lawn. Coroner's officials say the car then hit a wooden telephone pole that snapped in half, and a tension wire fell across Macy Street.

Zepeda drove into it and was beheaded. The motorcycle reportedly continued south until it crashed separately.

An investigation was under way.

The driver didn't appear to be intoxicated and wasn't immediately arrested pending further investigation, police said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report