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Pottsville man, 61, killed in crash involving motorcycle, truck

WEST BRUNSWICK TWP., Pa. - A Pottsville man was killed Monday after an accident involving a motorcycle and truck in Schuylkill County.

Gary Purcell, 61, who had been riding the motorcycle, was pronounced dead at the scene by the county coroner, state police said in a news release.

The crash happened shortly after 3 p.m. on the 1100 block of Centre Turnpike in West Brunswick Township.

A truck merged from the east shoulder onto Route 61 north of Cinema Drive, state police said. The motorcycle had been traveling north on Route 61.

The truck tried to make a U-turn at Centre Turnpike. The motorcycle tried to swerve around the truck but ended up hitting and becoming lodged under it, state police said.

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