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Motorcyclist Injured After Hitting Dead Deer on I-5Salem-News.com
The dead dear was laying the the center lane of the freeway.
(BROOKS, Ore.) - A Salem-area man received non-life threatening injuries Monday morning when he was ejected from the motorcycle he was operating after running over a dead deer southbound Interstate 5 at the Brooks interchange. The dead deer reportedly was in a shaded area underneath the overpass and difficult to see.
Monday morning at about 7:30, 36-year old Robert Evans from northeast Salem was southbound on Interstate 5 on a 1997 Suzuki motorcycle. As he approached the Brooks interchange overpass near milepost 263, Evans moved from the right hand lane to center lane to pass a vehicle at speeds estimated 70 - 75 mph, and the motorcycle hit a dead deer which was laying in the middle southbound lane. Evans was thrown over the handlebars onto the highway and the motorcycle went down on its side.
Evans was wearing a protective helmet and received non-life threatening injuries; he was transported to Salem Hospital for treatment.
Oregon State Police troopers from the Salem area responded to the scene and hospital. Local emergency personnel and ODOT responded to the scene to assist.
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