July 9, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
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A Roseburg-area couple was seriously injured Saturday evening after their motorcycle traveled off Highway 138E two miles west of Tokette in northeast Douglas County. The couple is still reported in critical condition as Oregon State Police (OSP) continues the investigation.
On July 6, 2013 at approximately 7:49 p.m., a Honda motorcycle operated by KENNETH G. MINSHEW, age 57, from Roseburg, was westbound on Highway 138E near milepost 56 when it traveled off the highway and struck a tree stump, ejecting both operator and passenger. The operator and motorcycle fell nearly 100 feet down a steep cliff landing on a ledge below.
Members of the Douglas County Steep Angle Rescue team responded to the scene and brought the critically injured operator up the cliff to awaiting medical transport. KENNETH MINSHEW and his wife/passenger LINDA MINSHEW, age 62, were transported by air ambulance to Rogue Regional Medical Center, and then they were transferred by air to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. They are in critical condition.
The couple was wearing protective helmets. A tow company recovered the motorcycle the next day.
OSP was assisted at the scene by other emergency responding agencies including Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Douglas County Fire District #2, and US Forest Service. Trooper Brad Zuver is the lead investigator.
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