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Pa. man killed in motorcycle accident

July 07, 2003|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

With the exception of a fatal accident in Pennsylvania Saturday, most police and emergency personnel in the Tri-State area reported being busy but not overwhelmed over the July 4 holiday weekend.

A Fayetteville, Pa., man died late Saturday when the motorcycle on which he was riding crashed into a guardrail on Pa. 997 in Guilford Township, Pa., Pennsylvania State Police said.

Galen Lee Yohe Jr., 33, of 301 Hartzell Drive, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 10:15 p.m. accident, police said. He died of multiple blunt-force trauma, according to Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner.

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Police said Yohe was southbound when he lost control of the 1985 Honda Interceptor 500 on a curve near the Orchard Road intersection. The motorcycle crossed the northbound lane and hit a guardrail on the east side of the road, throwing Yohe from the cycle, police said.

Yohe's family could not be reached Sunday.

There were numerous other accidents over the weekend in Pennsylvania, but most were characterized as minor.

By 7 p.m. Sunday, the number of eastbound vehicles on Interstate 70 in Washington County had begun to pick up, said Cpl. P.L. Morris of the Maryland State Police.

"Traffic is moving a little slow, but that's typical for any Sunday," Morris said.

At the Washington County 911 center, business was brisk Sunday.

A veteran dispatcher at Washington County Fire and Rescue Communications said more than 40 emergency medical services calls were received Sunday during his eight-hour shift, which ended at 4 p.m.

"You can tell that lots of people are out," dispatcher Tom Bikle said. None of the incidents was major, and a lot of the calls were on the interstates, police said.

"We had car fires, people in their cars getting sick and a few minor accidents. It went on all day long," he said.

A woman was taken to Washington County Hospital Sunday evening from an accident on Sharpsburg Pike, state police said. No further information on the severity of the accident or the woman's condition was available Sunday night.

Hagerstown City Police also reported being busy Sunday, but said most of the calls were routine.

In the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, police and emergency personnel reported no major incidents over the holiday weekend.

Staff writers Don Aines and Dave McMillion contributed to this story.

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