Motorcyclist dies in Washington County crash

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A motorcyclist died in Washington County Thursday night after crossing the median on Route 844 near Seminary Road and hitting an oncoming car, according to state police.

At 7:50 p.m., Joseph Barni, 49, of Washington, Pa., was riding east on Route 844 in Independence when his motorcycle hit a vehicle driven by John Mullins, 60, of Avella. Troopers didn’t release information about Mr. Mullins.

Washington County Coroner Timothy Warco pronounced Mr. Barni dead at the scene.

The crash closed the road in both directions for two hours, state police said.


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