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Motorcycle Operator Dies from Injuries Sustained in Sunday Crash on Interstate 5
04/21/2009
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Oregon State Police (OSP) has been notified that a Medford-area man seriously injured Sunday afternoon when his motorcycle collided with a sport utility vehicle southbound Interstate 5 just south of the Brownsville interchange died early Tuesday morning at a hospital.
 
RICHARD A. GRAYBEAL, age 76, from Medford, was operating a 1996 Honda Goldwing motorcycle on April 19, 2009 at approximately 12:35 p.m. southbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 216 when he collided with a 1987 Jeep Cherokee driven by THOMAS C. OLSON, age 52, from Redding, California. The OSP investigation indicates the Jeep was in the right hand lane following the motorcycle. The Jeep moved into the left lane to begin passing the motorcycle when the motorcycle also began to change lanes and collided with the right rear quarter panel of the Jeep.
 
After impact, the motorcycle and GRAYBEAL both fell onto the freeway and traveled nearly 300 feet before coming to a stop on the right southbound shoulder. OLSON was able to drive the Jeep to a stop on the same highway shoulder just south of the downed motorcycle and operator.
 
GRAYBEAL was wearing a protective helmet and was seriously injured. He was transported by REACH Air helicopter to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield. He reportedly died about 3:30 a.m. from injuries sustained in this crash.
 
OLSON and his two male passengers, ages 14 and 15, were not injured. They were using safety restraints.
 
OSP troopers from the Albany Area Command office are completing the investigation. Halsey Fire Department and ODOT assisted at the scene. One lane was re-opened about 2:00 p.m. and both southbound lanes opened by 2:30 p.m.