Motorcyclist dies in fiery crash

THIBODAUX, LA (WAFB) - Authorities said a man was killed after the motorcycle he was riding was rear-ended and caught fire Thursday afternoon.

Louisiana State Police reported the victim was identified as Thomas Grems, 54, of Baton Rouge. The crash happened on LA 308 just north of Thibodaux a little after 4:00 p.m.

According to troopers, Grems was headed north on LA 308 on a 2012 Yamaha motorcycle when he happened upon traffic congestion and had to slow down. Investigators said he ended up behind a 1998 Honda Accord. They added Joseph Elfert, 87, of Labadieville, was driving a 2002 Ford F-150 behind Grems and failed to stop before hitting the motorcycle.

Reports indicate the motorcycle burst into flames after the crash, with Grems pinned between the truck and the car. Troopers said Grems died in the fire. He was pronounced dead on the scene by the officials with the Lafourche Parish Coroner's office.

LSP reported Elfert was not hurt in the crash, but the driver of the Honda Accord sustained minor injuries. Officials added alcohol was not a factor in the crash, but a blood sample was taken from Elfert for a toxicology analysis by the LSP Crime Lab per protocol in deadly crashes.

Charges are also pending as the crash remains under investigation.

Troopers added the drivers of the truck and car involved in the crash were wearing seatbelts at the time.

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