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Motorcyclist being chased by police crashes into tour bus in Pa.

August 02, 2011

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. — A motorcyclist being pursued by Pennsylvania State Police from Franklin County, Pa., into neighboring Adams County, Pa., crashed into a tour bus Monday evening, police said in a news release.

A trooper traveling on Pa. 997 in Fayetteville at about 7 p.m. told the motorcyclist to pull over, but the biker fled east on U.S. 30, reaching speeds police estimated to be 120 mph. Police said the trooper in pursuit determined the motorcycle’s registration plate was stolen.

Troopers in Gettysburg had set up a partial roadblock at U.S. 30 and Seminary Ridge Road.

“Troopers directed a 2001 MCI tour bus owned by Executive Coach Inc. from Lancaster, Pa., onto Seminary Ridge Road to avoid the pursuit. As the bus was turning onto Seminary Ridge Road, the motorcycle approached from behind at a high rate of speed,” the news release stated.

The motorcyclist braked, and the bike slid approximately 400 feet into the back of the bus, police said. The motorcycle slid onto the sidewalk and hit shrubs as well as a utility pole tension wire, police said.

The 32-year-old motorcyclist from Fayetteville, Pa., was taken to Gettysburg Hospital and later York (Pa.) Hospital for what police described as minor injuries. Police said the motorcycle rider, whom they did not identify, was not wearing a helmet or protective eyewear.

None of the 31 people on the bus was injured, police said.

Using the National Crime Information Center database, police said they later determined the motorcycle was reported stolen from Franklin County.

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