Two motorcycle riders were killed, and four more sent to area hospitals, after a violent crash Friday afternoon in Northampton County. The accident happened just before 5 p.m. on Route 512 near Bangor. A friend of the victims said they were on a charity motorcycle run to raise money for military prisoners of war and families of those missing in action.
"They're all vets, and all they were doing is trying to raise money," said Monica Lynn Floyd, who said she was a longtime friend of the victims.
Trucker Mike Van Elswyk saw the scene just seconds after the crash.
"I just saw fire, smoke," he said. "I just saw a bunch of bikes in the road.
A 69 News reporter asked if Van Elswyk saw any victims.
"There was people in the road, yeah," he replied.
The victims were all members of the "Last Chance" Motorcycle Club, a name that now takes on a cruel new meaning.
Other members of the club drove past barricades Friday evening, attempting to get to the crash scene. State Police turned them away.
Authorities will only say the seven motorcycles collided with a pick-up truck. There is no word on whether the truck driver was hurt, or the conditions of any of those sent to the hospital. Police are also not commenting on how the accident happened.
"The state police accident reconstruction team has been called to the scene, and we're still doing a lot of work," said Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek.
Lysek said the victims were all male and not from the immediate area.
According to Floyd, the victims were returning from a charity bike ride to Upstate New York.
"They are our United States Navy people. They are our United States Army," she said. "They're our Marines -- everybody."
As of Friday night, authorities had not released any of the victims' names.