Salem Man Dead In I-44 Accident

A car motorcycle accident has claimed the life of the motorcycle operator in Phelps County. The Missouri Highway Patrol reports that the motorcycle ridden by 54-year-old Thomas M. Zielinski of Salem ran off the left side of the road and overturned at noon Thursday. Zielinski was ejected from the bike; the motorcycle continued into the eastbound lane of I-44 at the 170-mile marker and was struck by a car driven by 74-year-old Gail I. Petersen of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Zielinski was pronounced deceased at 12:52 at Phelps Health in Rolla. Petersen was uninjured.