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Serious Injury Motorcycle Crash - Highway 20W near Santiam Pass Summit
07/02/2008
Sergeant David MacKenzie
Oregon State Police - Bend
Office: (541) 388-6213

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A Powell Butte-area motorcycle operator was seriously injured on Wednesday afternoon when he lost control after attempting to pass a commercial truck westbound on Highway 20W near the summit of the Santiam Pass.

 
According to Oregon State Police Trooper Rich Brannin, on July 2, 2008 at approximately 4:56 p.m., a 1999 Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by LARRY R. HENDERSON, age 61, from Powell Butte, was westbound on Highway 20W near milepost 81 when he attempted to pass a commercial truck on the right. HENDERSON lost control of the motorcycle, left the roadway, and struck two fog markers before coming to rest in the westbound slow lane.

 
Sisters Fire Department medics arrived and treated HENDERSON for serious injuries at the scene. HENDERSON, who was wearing a protective helmet, was taken by air ambulance helicopter to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for treatment.

 
The crash is being investigated by troopers from the Oregon State Police Bend Area Command office. ODOT, Sisters Fire Department, Black Butte Police Department, and the Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office assisted at the scene.