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Ten Injured, Two Critically, in Multi-Motorcycle Crash - Interstate 5 south of Wilsonville
(WILSONVILLE, Ore.) - Police say ten motorcyclists traveling together as part of the Brothers Speed Motorcycle Club were injured, two critically, Friday afternoon in a multi-vehicle traffic crash south of Wilsonville on Interstate 5.
Oregon State Police Lieutenant Gregg Hastings, says Friday, September 18, 2009, at approximately 2:45 p.m., approximately 26 motorcycles were traveling northbound in the left inside lane near milepost 282 in a formation of two columns when traffic ahead began to come to a stop.
"The first two motorcycles maneuvered to avoid a collision with the stopped vehicle, but the rest of the motorcycles could not react in time and crashed into the vehicle in front of their group and into each other."
He says medical responders arrived and subsequently transported eight motorcyclists by ground ambulance.
Two other riders, identified as 40-year old Herbert Sinclair of Heyburn, Idaho and 38-year old David Bowyer of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, were transported by LifeFlight to Oregon Health Sciences University and Legacy Emanuel Hospital, respectively. Both men are reported in critical condition. No information is available tonight regarding the other individuals involved in the crash.
The total number of motorcycles that actually crashed is not confirmed at this time.
All lanes of Interstate 5 were open at approximately 5:40 p.m. Oregon State Police troopers were assisted at the scene by Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, ODOT and other area emergency responders.
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