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Fatal Motorcycle Crash - Highway 126E near Belknap Springs
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Photograph link valid for 30 days - Source: Oregon State Police
A Washington State woman died Monday afternoon when she lost control of her motorcycle and crashed into a guardrail along Highway 126E near the Linn / Lane County line southwest of Santiam Pass.

According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Recruit Trooper Joshua Wetzel, on July 6, 2009 at approximately 12 noon a 2002 Harley Davidson operated by ANN MARIE POOLE, age 50, from Ravensdale, Washington was eastbound on Highway 126E near milepost 11 following her husband who was operating a second motorcycle.  For an unknown reason while negotiating a slight right curve, the motorcycle crossed the center line and crashed into a guardrail.

POOLE, who was wearing a protective helmet, was ejected from her motorcycle and came to rest on the highway.  She was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The highway was briefly closed and then restricted to one lane for about 3  1/2 hours.  ODOT handled traffic control duties while OSP troopers from Springfield, Bend and Madras investigated the crash.

US Forest Service personnel assisted at the scene.