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Ten Injured in Multi-Motorcycle Crash - Interstate 5 south of Wilsonville
09/18/2009
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Friday afternoon's multi-vehicle traffic crash south of Wilsonville on Interstate 5. Ten motorcyclists traveling together as part of the Brother Speed Motorcycle Club was injured, two critically.
 
On September 18, 2009 at approximately 2:45 p.m. approximately 26 motorcycles were traveling northbound in the left inside lane near milepost 282 in a formation of two columns when traffic ahead began to come to a stop. The first two motorcycles maneuvered to avoid a collision with a 2005 Toyota 4Runner driven by LESLIE D. SCHULTZ, age 26, from Beaverton, but the rest of the motorcycles could not react in time and crashed into the sport utility vehicle and into each other. A second vehicle, a 2004 Nissan Pathfinder sport utility vehicle driven by KAYLA D. KNIGHT, age 31, from Portland, in the center lane was also struck by one of the motorcycles attempting to avoid the collisions.
 
Medical responders arrived and subsequently transported eight motorcyclists by ground ambulance. Two more motorcycle operators identified as HERBERT SINCLAIR, age 48, from Heyburn, Idaho and DAVID BOWYER, age 44, from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho were transported by LifeFlight to Oregon Health Sciences University and Legacy Emanuel Hospital, respectively.
Both men are reported in critical condition.
 
Three of the other 8 individuals injured in the crash are identified are confirmed as JUAN RAMON MATA, age 60, CHRISTIAN J. GANKEMA, age 40; and, GARY PAWSON, age 38, each from Idaho.
 
Interstate 5 northbound lanes were closed for about two hours before one lane was opened. All lanes of Interstate 5 were open at approximately 5:40 p.m.
 
Oregon State Police troopers were assisted at the scene by Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, ODOT, Aurora Fire Department, Canby Fire Department, Wilsonville Police Department and Marion County Sheriff's Office.