New twist in deadly motorcycle crash on I-69 - ABC 12 – WJRT – Flint, MI

New twist in deadly motorcycle crash on I-69

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(04/19/12) - There is a bizarre twist to a deadly accident involving a motorcycle and a tanker truck on I-69 in Genesee County.

Early reports indicated there was just one motorcyclist, the victim, who police have now identified as 34-year-old Ellery Thomas of Flint Township. A witness in a red pick-up truck has led Flint Township police to believe there were two motorcyclists involved.

"Those motorcyclists split up and drove around a red pick-up truck. One motorcyclist cut out in front, the second was coming from behind," said Lt. Tim Jones.

Investigators said it appears the riders were merging on to eastbound I-69 from the northbound I-75 ramp, when a second rider slammed into the side of the tanker truck.

"He thought he had a flat tire, all he heard was a loud bang. It appears the motorcyclist ran into the side of the truck and got caught underneath," said Sgt. Randy Kimes.

Police had been looking for the second motorcycle driver and say he was arrested, in Flint, on unrelated charges. He could face charges in this accident as well.

Thomas was wearing a helmet.

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