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One dead in Berks County motorcycle-tractor trailer accident

Published On: Dec 05 2012 08:11:00 AM EST   Updated On: Dec 05 2012 05:48:00 PM EST

Motorcyclist killed in crash in Richmond Township


A Centre Township man trying to pass a car while on his motorcycle collided head-on with a tractor trailer Wednesday morning, police said.

The Berks County coroner has identified the man as Matthew Bortz, 28.  He died of head, neck and chest injuries. 

The accident happened around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at Park and Lenhart roads in Richmond Twp. Park Road is also known as Fleetwood-Blandon Road.


Map: Fatal accident

Police said Bortz was driving west on Park Road when he went into the eastbound lane and hit the truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Met-Ed crews responded to the scene because the tractor trailer hit a utility pole.