A Berks County man was killed when his motorcycle hit a truck on Route 61 on Friday.
The accident was reported shortly before 9 a.m. on Route 61 in Perry Township, between Shoemakersville and Leesport.
The motorcyclist, Bryan Lynn Adams, was traveling north on Route 61 at a high-rate of speed when he struck the rear of a southbound truck as it was turning across the northbound lanes into the Glen Gery Brick facility, according to Pennsylvania State Police.
Adams, 39, of Mohnton, died at the scene, according to the coroner; the truck's driver was not reported to be injured.
The four-lane highway was closed in both directions between Birch Hill and Shoemakersville roads until shortly before 1:30 p.m.
That closure forced hundreds of drivers to take alternate routes around the scene or just sit and wait for the highway to reopen.
"It looks like I'll be sitting here a few hours," driver Aaron Weaver told WFMZ's Amanda VanAllen. "If I follow the detour north, it goes above the brick plant where I want to load, and then they won't let you down through."
"I'm not going to fit it on the detour route, so I pretty much have to sit and wait. That's what they tell me," said truck driver Paul Stauffer.
"It's just congested, clogged, hot," said Pat Sharma, who was stuck in the backlog of traffic. "I'm running out of gas."
Adams, police said, was wearing a helmet.