Three die in motorcycle wrecks on treacherous mountain highway

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Three people have died in two days in motorcycle accidents on a dangerous stretch of highway called "the Dragon" that twists through the Smoky Mountains. Authorities said a couple from Florida were killed yesterday when they took a curve on U-S 129 too quickly and lost control.

The pair were riding on a three-wheeled Honda motorcycle, which hit a car carrying a large boat on a trailer.

Their identities were not released pending notification of family members. Highway Patrol officials said the accident knocked the 5-thousand-pound boat off the trailer and the couple became trapped under it.

The road was closed for more than three hours as authorities removed the wreckage.

Highway Patrol said a 40-year-old Michigan man died Thursday on the same road after he lost control of his motorcycle and slid off an 80-foot cliff.

Kevin James Hoyt of Highland, Michigan, braked too hard while taking a curve and his bike slid off the highway and over the cliff into some woods.

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