Police back at crash scene, but no update
WEIGH SCALES - Ralpho Township and Coal Township police on Friday morning were back at the scene of Sunday's accident that critically injured a motorcycle rider on Route 61 near The Wayside Inn, but no update on the investigation was provided.
Police were seen taking measurements and doing other work in reconstructing the scene. They had done some of the same type of work following the accident on Sunday.
Contacted at the police station Friday afternoon, Ralpho Township Cpl. Bryon Chowka said the crash remains under investigation. He couldn't provide any other details or the identities of the driver and passengers in a Jeep that rear-ended Cory L. Thompson's Harley-Davidson. Thompson was thrown from the cycle and was severely injured. He was flown by Life Flight helicopter to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, where he remains in critical condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
Police previously reported the Jeep was driven by a 17-year-old Shamokin female who had two 17-year-old female passengers from Coal Township. Police have not released their names, citing a policy about not identifying minors. The three girls were not injured.
No charges have been filed.
Ralpho Township police said Thompson was riding the motorcycle from Shamokin in the northbound left lane of Route 61 about 5:45 p.m. He had slowed as he approached the intersection with Bridge Street, the entrance to The Wayside Inn, which was believed to be his destination.
Ralpho Township Patrolman Stephen Spade said Thompson was interacting with a driver in the right lane who had also slowed when a Jeep Cherokee rammed the motorcycle from behind. Thompson had passed the Jeep moments before.
Witnesses who were on the outdoor patio at the nearby restaurant said they heard the collision and saw the motorcycle skid some 100 yards across the southbound lanes and onto the berm.
Following the same path as the motorcycle, the Jeep left skid marks across the highway before stopping partially on the berm. The Jeep sustained minor damage to its front end near the driver-side headlight.
Thompson is a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and the Villains Shamokin Motorcycle Club, a nonprofit riding group.
Both lanes of Route 61 were closed about 2 1/2 hours after the crash.