Monday, October 2, 2017

Man Dies in Motorcycle Crash Monday Afternoon on Route 61

A man died Monday afternoon after crashing his motorcycle on Route 61.

Around 3:30pm, emergency personnel were called to 1140 Centre Turnpike (Route 61) for a motor vehicle accident involving a motorcycle and truck.

Police say Neiko Zalonko, 25, of Schuylkill Haven was the driver of the motorcycle and died in the crash.

Police sya Zalonka and another man, Stephen Yourl, 30, of Auburn, were riding motorcycles on Route 61.

Another driver, Derek Reber, 19, of Cressona, was making a left turn from Route 61 onto Cinema Boulevard. 

Reber reportedly didn't see the motorcycles coming because of how fast they were going. Zalonka's bike hit the passenger side of Reber's truck. Yourl's bike swiped the front of the truck.

Troopers said Yourl was flown to the hospital with serious injuries. Reber was reported to have suffered minor injuries.

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