Police have launched a critical incident investigation after a fatal motorcycle crash in the Upper Hunter.
Hunter Valley Highway Patrol officers became involved in a brief pursuit of the motorbike on Queen Street, Muswellbrook just after 8 last night.
The male rider crashed into the front fence of a home a short time later, where he sustained fatal injuries.
Police from Port Stephens are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.
Anyone who witnessed the incident is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.