One Person Dead After Fiery Crash

By Ashley Doerzbacher

Published 07/05 2014 04:24PM

Updated 07/05 2014 04:51PM

GALLITZIN TOWNSHIP, CAMBRIA COUNTY - State Police in Ebensburg are continuing to investigate a fatal crash that happened just before 9:30 PM Friday night along.

Police say the crash occurred on Route 53, between Spindley City and Taddy roads in Gallitzin Township.

Jeffrey Lees, Cambria County Chief Deputy Coroner, said that William Schwieters, 55, of Loretto, was riding his motorcycle on Route 53 when a pickup truck driving the opposite direction crossed the center line, hitting Schwieters head on. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

"It was a horrific accident," said Lees. "The motorcycle, pick up truck and the victim also caught fire upon arrival of the fire department."

Police are still looking into whether or not speed and/or alcohol played a role in the crash.

The driver of that pickup truck was taken to UPMC Altoona. No word on his condition.

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