A young motorcyclist was seriously injured when the bike he was driving struck a flag pole in Tioga County.

The crash happened just after 1:30 a.m. Friday on Main Street in Apalachin.

The motorcycle crashed into the pole at the Apalachin Library. The operator was thrown from the bike. He was taken to Wilson Medical Center in Johnson City.

The impact of the collision caused the flag pole at the library parking lot to bend.

A motorcyclist was thrown from the bike after hitting a flag pole at the Apalachin Library. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

A man who lives near the scene said he heard a motorcycle racing up and down Main Street just before the crash occurred.

A New York State Police trooper said the crash was believed to be alcohol-related.

Apalachin firefighters cleaned up a small fuel spill at the scene.

Apalachin firefighters at the scene of a motorcycle crash on June 28, 2019. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Contact WNBF News reporter Bob Joseph: bob@wnbf.com

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