BROOKFIELD - Two people were killed when the motorcycle they were riding collided with a semi-truck here about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Daniel H. Minchoff, 54, and Debora L. Roberts, 50, both of Greenville, Pa., were both pronounced dead at the scene. Truck driver Daniel L. Hopkins, 57, of Orwell, was not injured, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
The crash occurred on state Route 7 at the intersection of state Route 82, according to the patrol report.
Minchoff was traveling west on state Route 82 on a 2002 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic motorcycle, with Roberts as his passenger. He ran through a red light and hit the side of Hopkins' truck, which was traveling south on state Route 7, trooper said.
Both motorcycle occupants were thrown from the bike and killed. The motorcycle was heavily damaged, troopers said.
One man who said he witnessed the accident said it happened so fast, he couldn't believe what he was seeing.
Norman Lowe of New Castle, Pa., who witnessed the crash, told Tribune Chronicle newspartner WYTV 33 News, "It was like kind of surreal. This motorcycle came out of I don't know where and just nailed him in the side.''
Lowe had been sitting in his car at a nearby parking lot when the crash happened. He said the tractor trailer had the green light.
Hopkins was driving a 2011 Peterbilt 386 commercial vehicle. His vehicle sustained moderate damage to a fuel tank and undercarriage, the patrol report states.
This crash, which remains under investigation, closed the eastbound lanes of state Route 82 between state Route 193 and state Route 7. It also closed state Route 7 southbound at state Route 82. Westbound lanes of state Route 82 were restricted to one lane for several hours, according to Ohio Department of Transportation.