A motorcycle driver from Washington state was killed and two people were taken to the hospital after the motorcycle and a car collided on Highway 97 north of Terrebonne Tuesday afternoon, police said. The investigation led to long backups in both directions.
It happened around 2:23 p.m. at the intersection to the Culver Highway about 10 miles north of Terrebonne.
Oregon State Police say a Ford Thunderbird was traveling west on the Culver Highway and the driver failed to stop at the intersection.
A Honda Gold Wing motorcycle was heading north on 97 and the two vehicles collided.
The driver of the motorcycle, identified as 65-year-old Martin Fox of Manson, Wash., was killed.
Susan Fox, 62, who was the motorcycle passenger was airlifted to St. Charles with critical injuries. The driver of the Thunderbird, identified as 31-year-old Mario Villagomez of Prineville, was also taken to St. Charles.
Both directions of 97 were closed for some time before one lane was opened. Delays of up to 20 minutes were reported by ODOT as a flagger directed traffic, but some people stuck in the backup told Central Oregon Daily News the delays were more than a half-hour.