Iowa State Patrol releases names in fatal motorcycle, semi tractor crash

An Iowa DOT camera photo of the traffic backup caused by a fatal semi vs. motorcycle crash on Interstate 80 in Johnson County on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. (Source: Iowa Dept. of Transporation)
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JOHNSON COUNTY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- The Iowa State Patrol has released the names of those involved in a fatal crash on Interstate 80 in Johnson County.

The crash happened about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the eastbound lanes at mile marker 250 near West Branch and the Cedar County Line.

The State Patrol said traffic from a previous crash forced two people riding motorcycles to slow down. A semi tractor driving behind them did not slow down in time and ended up hitting them.

All three vehicles ended up in the south ditch.

One motorcycle rider, John Harvey, 63, of Pennsylvania, died from injuries suffered in the crash.

The other motorcyclist Raymond Mitchell, Jr., 72, also of Pennsylvania, and the semi driver, Bobby Stephen, 61, of Janesville, Wisconsin, also suffered injuries.

Emergency crews took all three to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

The crash is still under investigation.