Coroner: York Township man dies in motorcycle crash on I-83

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A York Township man died Sunday in a motorcycle crash on Interstate 83, according to the York County Coroner's Office.

Patrick Clafferty, 26, of the 700 block of Laura Lane, was driving his motorcycle north on I-83 past Exit 14, Leader Heights, just after 4 p.m, Sunday when he lost control of the motorcycle and fell off it, according to a report from the coroner's office.

Clafferty hit the median and came to rest in the roadway, the report said.

A second crash involving two tractor-trailers and two SUVs occurred within seconds, and Clafferty was struck while lying on the roadway, the coroner said.

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Ultimately, Clafferty's motorcycle came to rest between the two SUVs and Clafferty was caught underneath one of the SUVs. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:10 p.m., the coroner reported.

Clafferty, who was wearing a helmet, died of multiple blunt-force trauma, according to the coroner's report. There will be no autopsy. 

I-83 was closed for hours after the crash, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the crash.