2 killed in separate crashes on U.S. 60 in AJ

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by Catherine Holland and Andrew Michalscheck

azfamily.com

Posted on September 19, 2012 at 6:45 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 19 at 5:00 PM

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APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. -- Two people were killed in separate crashes that happened within about 100 yards of each other in Apache Junction Wednesday morning.

The wrecks happened at about 5:30 a.m. on U.S. 60 near Tomahawk Road in the far East Valley.

Authorities said the first accident took place when the driver of a pickup truck became distracted and looked up to discover that a motorcycle was traveling at a slow speed in front of him.

The driver couldn't stop in time and struck the rear of the motorcycle. The driver of the motorcycle, Richard Trahar of Gold Canyon, was thrown from the bike and died on scene.

The second accident took place less than a minute later. Traffic was slowed due to the initial crash, causing the driver of a Honda to stop near the scene.

The driver of a Ford Expedition failed to stop in time and rear-ended the Honda, killing the driver. The driver of the Honda has since been identified as Harry Willis of Apache Junction.

The U.S. 60 westbound was blocked for four hours due to the accidents.

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