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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 730 in Irrigon
06/21/2011
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Monday afternoon's fatal traffic crash involving a van and motorcycle on Highway 730 in Irrigon. The crash resulted in the death of the motorcyclist and non-life threatening injuries to the van's driver.
 
According to OSP Sergeant Seth Cooney, on June 20, 2011 at approximately 5:17 p.m. a 1995 Ford van driven by GARY LYNN BALL, age 58, from Irrigon, was westbound on Highway 730 attempting to turn left toward Division Street. The van turned into the path of an eastbound 1990 Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by DONALD GARRETT DYER, age 63, from Irrigon. The motorcycle collided nearly head-on into the van's right front section.
 
DYER was ejected from the motorcycle and pronounced deceased at the scene. He was wearing a protective helmet.
 
GARY BALL was transported by ambulance to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Passenger MICHELE BALL, age 56, was not injured. Both were using safety restraints and the van's air bags deployed.
 
OSP troopers from the Hermiston work site are continuing the investigation.
 
Morrow County Sheriff's Office, Irrigon Fire Department, and ODOT assisted at the scene. The highway was closed for about 4 hours during the investigation.