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Serious Injury Bicycle-Involved Traffic Crash - Highway 6 east of Tillamook

July 2, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Tuesday afternoon's serious injury traffic crash along Highway 6 east of Tillamook next to the King Mountain Trailhead entrance/exit involving a passenger car and a bicyclist.

According to Sergeant Greg Plummer, on July 2, 2013 at approximately 3:50 p.m., a 2005 Mini Cooper driven by SUZANNE M. FLOOD, age 65, from Milwaukie, was westbound on Highway 6 near milepost 25 at approximately 55 mph when a bicycle also westbound on the shoulder reportedly moved into the car's path. The car struck the bicyclist, identified as JOEL D. WESTROM, age 29, from Portland, seriously injuring him.

WESTROM was initially transported by ground ambulance to Banks where he was then transferred to an air ambulance and taken to Oregon Health & Science University. WESTROM was not wearing a bicycle helmet.

FLOOD was not injured.

OSP Tillamook office is continuing the investigation. Trooper Mike Snodgrass is the lead investigator.

Agencies assisting included Tillamook Fire & Rescue, Tillamook Ambulance, Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Forestry, and a work crew from South Fork Prison Camp who helped with traffic control.

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