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Posted: 9/19/2009 1:58:18 AM EST

10 injured, two critically in multiple-motorcycle crash

Video still from Jet Ranger 2 over Interstate 5, south of Wilsonville.


By Meghan Kalkstein KATU News and KATU.com Staff


WILSONVILLE, Ore. – An accident involving almost 30 motorcycles just south of Wilsonville on Interstate 5 Friday afternoon injured several people, two critically.

The crash happened at about 3 p.m. near milepost 282. LifeFlight airlifted Herbert Sinclair of Heyburn, Idaho and David Bowyer of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho to Oregon Health Sciences University and Legacy Emanuel Hospital, respectively. Both were motorcyclists.

Representatives of Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue said that it treated eight patients for shoulder and hip injuries and broken bones. They were also taken to area hospitals.

The accident closed northbound lanes of Interstate 5 for over two hours.

The motorcyclists were part of a local motorcycle club called Brothers Speed which was established in May 1969. It has chapters in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, specifically in Portland, Ore. Camas, Wash., and Boise, Idaho.

Oregon State Police said the motorcyclists were riding in standard formation – two columns – when traffic ahead slowed suddenly. The two lead motorcyclists were able to avoid a collision by maneuvering clear of the stopped traffic, but the rest of the motorcyclists could not stop in time, causing a chain-reaction of crashes with the rest of the group.

A witness to the crash, Terry Scott, said he and his girlfriend were driving northbound from Salem behind the motorcycles when he witnessed an SUV, that was driving in front of the group of motorcycles, suddenly slow down or slam on its brakes.

“It was a domino effect,” Scott said. “There were bikes and people and gear flying.”

When Capt. Mike Towner of Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue arrived on the scene with his crew from Wilsonville he said "it was ordered mayhem. There were almost two dozen motorcycles scattered across the freeway, and firefighters from Aurora and Canby providing medical care to injured bikers, as non-injured bikers tried to assist."

TVF&R said there were at least two SUVs that were also involved in the crash.

A club insider, who didn’t want to be identified, said the bikers were in town from all over the Northwest to celebrate an annual birthday celebration of the club. She said that a motorcycle accident like the one that happened Friday is unheard of.

“Normally it’s one motorcycle, maybe two,” she said. “To see the scale of 20 to 30 bikes that are riding together have an accident of that magnitude – I’ve never seen before.”

She said she grew up around these bikers and said despite perceptions, they’re cautious.

“I know some people say they must be up to no good: They were racing or doing something. But anyone who’s familiar with Harley-riding knows you don’t race a Harley, you don’t do tricks on your Harley. You just ride,” she said.

Members of the club declined to be interviewed for this story. They said they are focusing on taking care of their brothers.

Oregon State Police are continuing to investigate the accident.

Eyewitness Terry Scott said he saw the accident happen



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Link Posted: 9/19/2009 2:10:48 AM EST
This is exactly the reason i am not a fan of formation type riding. I am not comfortable on the road unless i have ample room to maneuver.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 2:17:10 AM EST
hmmm, maybe they should learn to use the front brake.

it's a motorcycle, no reason to not out stop about anything on the road.

LEARN TO RIDE.

Link Posted: 9/19/2009 2:43:26 AM EST
That's why I like to ride alone or with small groups. Large rides like that are just an
exercise in collision avoidance.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 2:46:21 AM EST
Originally Posted By BozemanMT:
hmmm, maybe they should learn to use the front brake.

it's a motorcycle, no reason to not out stop about anything on the road.

LEARN TO RIDE.



This.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 3:06:02 AM EST
Originally Posted By BozemanMT:
hmmm, maybe they should learn to use the front brake.

it's a motorcycle, no reason to not out stop about anything on the road.

LEARN TO RIDE.



Maybe they were heavy American Steel....

Link Posted: 9/19/2009 3:17:55 AM EST
Originally Posted By jerrmy:
Originally Posted By BozemanMT:
hmmm, maybe they should learn to use the front brake.

it's a motorcycle, no reason to not out stop about anything on the road.

LEARN TO RIDE.



Maybe they were heavy American Steel....



ya think?????????/

obviously.
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