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Motorcycle rear-ended on Route 61 near Hamburg; rider thrown over 50 feet

A Schuylkill Haven man was seriously injured when his motorcycle was rear-ended by a car last week on Route 61 near Hamburg, state police said Tuesday.

The crash happened Aug. 31 about 10:30 a.m. at Pottsville Pike, which is Route 61, and Schappell Road in Windsor Township.

Troopers at the Hamburg station provided this account:

Jody Christman, 50, was stopped on his motorcycle in the left, southbound lane of Route 61 with his left turn signal on, waiting for traffic to clear to turn onto Schappell when his bike was struck in the rear by a southbound car.

The driver of the car, Jean M. Rauscher, 69, of Hamburg, told investigators she was in the midst of adjusting the air conditioner just before the crash. When her attention returned to the road, she noticed the stopped motorcycle and tried to swerve around it.

Upon impact, Christman was thrown 50 feet to 75 feet, but was able to get up and walk to the shoulder on his own power before laying down on the pavement.

Christman was taken to Reading Hospital by Hamburg EMS for what appeared to be a serious head injury. Information on his medical condition was unavailable Tuesday.

Rauscher was cited for following too closely.

Source: Berkshire mont

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