Deadly Motorcycle Crash Closes Part of Route 61 in Schuylkill County

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NEW CASTLE TOWNSHIP, Pa -- A biker on a stolen motorcycle is dead after a crash Thursday morning in Schuylkill County.

It happened around 8 a.m. on Route 61 south near Frackville.

Troopers said the victim Rafael Mateo, 29, of Hazleton, was driving a motorcycle that was stolen in Virginia.

According to troopers, Mateo was speeding south on Route 61 when he tried to drive between two big rigs but clipped the back of one of the trucks and lost control.

Investigators said he died at the scene.

Route 61 was closed in both directions near the wreck Thursday morning.


  • jimbrony

    PEATERMOSS says; “I never, ever made a comment if someone was killed’. July 9, 2018: Deadly Motorcycle Crash in Union County – PEATERMOSS says “A truck was involved and you didn’t Bash the truck Driver” and “Maybe the driver is a wanna be Bobby Big Rigger”. July 16, 2018: Pennsylvania Mom Accused of Killing Infant With Drug-Tainted Breast Milk – PEATERMOSS says “She was home, she has money for formula. She was too Damn lazy To walk down the stairs to get it.” and “Probably passed out on the same drug”. Yeah, real considerate of you – you lying hypocrite. Good to know you’re a man of your word. Not. Would you like me to look up more instances for you? You remind me of that Rusty Knyffe buffoon – another message board blowhard tough guy.

  • Kris Reitz

    DARKWATER – A man was killed when the motorcycle he was driving slammed into the back of a tri-axle truck along Route 61 in New Castle Township Thursday morning.
    The crash happened in the southbound lanes around 7:45 a.m., just north of the intersection with Darkwater Road.
    State police at Frackville said the man was driving south when he apparently tried to go between two southbound trucks but struck the back of a tri-axle dump truck in the right lane.
    The man was pronounced dead at the scene by Schuylkill County Deputy Coroner Joseph Pothering at 8:08 a.m.
    The crash brought both northbound traffic on Route 61 to a standstill.
    For more information please check back or see Friday’s Republican-Herald.

    • Kris Reitz

      My first post above did cite the source of the info:

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