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Indian Land motorcyclist killed in Chester County crash with logging truck

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A motorcycle driver from Lancaster County was killed Monday afternoon in Chester County after colliding with a logging truck, police and fire officials said.

Robert William Hritsko, 56, of Indian Land, died at the scene, said Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker.

The crash happened at 4:40 p.m. on U.S. 21 near Fincher Road between Fort Lawn and the York County line, according to S.C. Highway Patrol troopers and Fort Lawn Fire Department firefighters.

The highway remained blocked until 6:30 p.m. as police investigated the crash and emergency officials cleared the area, said Fort Lawn Fire Chief Allen Culp.

Chester County EMS also was on the scene.

The truck driver, a Chester County man, was not injured, said Lance Cpl. Gary Miller of the highway patrol.

The Harley-Davidson motorcycle was heading south when it traveled left of the center line and sideswiped the truck that was heading northbound, Miller said. Hritsko was wearing a helmet but was thrown from the cycle and died at the scene, Miller said.

The wreck remains under investigation by the highway patrol and the coroner’s office.

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Andrew Dys covers breaking news and public safety for The Herald, where he has been a reporter and columnist since 2000. He has won 51 South Carolina Press Association awards for his coverage of crime, race, justice, and people. He is author of the book “Slice of Dys” and his work is in the U.S. Library of Congress.

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