Motorcyclist dies in fire after bike struck by pickup truck

Motorcyclist dies in fire after bike struck by pickup truck

Motorcyclist dies in fire after bike struck by pickup truck

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Posted on January 2, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 2 at 10:42 PM

NEAR THIBODAUX, La. - A 54-year-old Baton Rouge man was killed when his motorcycle was rear ended and caught on fire as he was trapped between the bike and the pickup truck that hit it.

According to State Police, Thomas Grems was riding his Yamaha motorcycle on LA 308. Due to congested traffic, he slowed down and came to a stop behind a Honda Accord. Shortly after stopping, his bike was hit by a Ford F-150 driven by 87-year-old Joseph Elfert of Labadieville.

The impact of the crash forced Grems' bike into the Accord and pushed that vehicle off the road.

The motorcycle caught fire and soon was engulfed in flames. State Police said Grems was stuck between the bike and the F-150 and perished in the fire.

Elfert was not injured. The driver of the Accord was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.  

State Police said alcohol is not suspected to be a factor in the crash.  Elfert submitted to a breath test and was cleared of any alcohol involvement.

Charges are pending at this time, and this crash remains under investigation.    

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