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Pa. man killed when cycle hits pickup truck

August 14, 1997

By LISA GRAYBEAL

Staff Writer, Chambersburg

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A 26-year-old Fayetteville man was killed Tuesday night when he was thrown from his motorcycle after colliding with a pickup truck on Salem Road in Greene Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Alan R. Barnhart, of 358 W. Main St., a husband and father of three, was pronounced dead at the scene by Franklin County Coroner Kenneth Peiffer, police said.

The 10:10 p.m. accident on Salem Road just west of Pa. 11 occurred when Barnhart rounded a curve on his 1983 Suzuki GS 750 motorcycle and crossed the center line of the road into the path of a 1993 Dodge Dakota pickup truck driven by Kurt Culbertson, 40, of Chambersburg, police said.

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Culbertson, who was wearing his seatbelt, was not injured. His truck was moderately damaged, police said.

Barnhart was apparently on his way home from visiting a friend in the area at the time of the accident, said his father, Kenneth R. Barnhart.

Growing up, Barnhart said his son always liked motorcycles, racing dirt bikes and watching NASCAR.

He said Alan also liked football and other sports and described him as "pretty active" and "a pretty good worker."

"I don't think anybody believes it yet," Barnhart said of the death of his son.

Though he never served in the military, Alan Barnhart was a member of the American Legion Post 46 and the Marine Corps League in Chambersburg.

Members of both organizations described Barnhart as quiet and said they'll remember him as a true NASCAR fan.

Barnhart attended Chambersburg schools up to the eleventh grade, his father said.

He worked as a laborer for C & J Roofing in Shippensburg, Pa.

He and his wife of six years, Tressia, have three sons.

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