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Oregon motorcyclist seriously injured in crash with black bear

A motorcyclist was injured after colliding with a black bear near Detroit on August 28, 2017. The bear died. Photo courtesy Idanha-Detroit Rural Fire Protection District 

DETROIT, Ore. – A motorcyclist crashed into a black bear north of Detroit, Ore., on Sunday afternoon, fire officials said.

The rider was flown to a hospital, and the bear was killed.

According to Idhana-Detroit Rural Fire Protection District, the crash occurred 18 miles north of Detroit on National Forest road 46, also known as Breitenbush Road.

When crews arrived on scene they found a 150- to 200-pound black bear dead in the road. They said the motorcyclist was thrown from his motorcycle and was lying in the road.

The rider sustained multiple injuries and was airlifted by helicopter to the hospital.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said the black bear was in the middle of the road when the motorcyclist crashed into it.

The Idanha-Detroit Fire District thanks the good Samaritans who stopped to help the motorcycle rider.

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