2009-09-03 / Front Page

Motorcycle, Tractor-Trailer Collide On Mountain

Bedford man flown from accident scene
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

A Bedford man was flown to Altoona Hospital after his motorcycle crashed into an oncoming tractor-trailer and erupted into flames along Route 30 over the weekend. State police, McConnellsburg, are continuing to investigate the collision. A Bedford man was flown to Altoona Hospital after his motorcycle crashed into an oncoming tractor-trailer and erupted into flames along Route 30 over the weekend. State police, McConnellsburg, are continuing to investigate the collision. A motorcycle and tractortrailer erupted into flames Sunday afternoon after colliding just below old Eagle's Aerie along Route 30.

Pennsylvania State Police, McConnellsburg, and the Mc- Connellsburg Volunteer Fire Co. were dispatched to the two-vehicle accident scene in Ayr Township shortly after the crash occurred at 3:20 p.m. Officials arrived to find a 2007 Yamaha YVS1300 pinned beneath the rear trailer axle of a 2004 Freightliner CL1. Both vehicles had caught fire.

Motorcycle operator John S. Wracher, 45, of Bedford, had been thrown from the Yamaha in the midst of the collision with the tractor-trailer driven by Parveen K. Sarin from Moreno Valley, Calif. Wracher was wearing a motorcycle helmet but sustained major injuries.

He was flown from the scene by Stat Medevac to Altoona Hospital where a condition report was unavailable. Meanwhile, Sarin, who had been wearing a seat belt, was not harmed and managed to unhook the empty trailer from the rig.

Both lanes of Route 30 remained closed for approximately five hours while state police mapped out the details of the collision, and firefighters provided patient care, fire suppression and traffic control.

Investigating Trooper Brett Massafra reported the August 30 accident remains under investigation. No cause was given as to why the eastbound tractor-trailer and westbound motorcycle crashed. However, Massafra did note in his report that Wracher will be cited for driving on roadways laned for traffic.

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