Driver of van cited for impeding traffic
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Oregon State Police (OSP) cited a driver following last Friday morning’s serious injury traffic crash involving two Scappoose-area motorcyclists on Highway 205 about 21 miles south of Burns. One of the motorcycle operators was critically injured.
According to Trooper James King, on May 24 at approximately 10:45 a.m., a 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by Lucinda Gardner, 49, from Scappoose, was southbound on Highway 205 near milepost 21 along with a 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by Derry York, 58, also from Scappoose. The motorcycles came upon a 2011 Ford van that appeared to be stopped in the middle of the southbound travel lane. Both motorcycle operators braked suddenly, resulting in York’s motorcycle colliding into the rear of Gardner’s motorcycle.
Both motorcycle riders were ejected off their motorcycles. Gardner was transported by ambulance to Harney District Hospital in Burns with minor injuries. York was also transported by ambulance to Harney District Hospital, then transferred by air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with critical injuries. Both were wearing protective helmets.
The van’s driver, Joseph Randall, 55, from Corvallis, was cited for impeding traffic.
A couple on a third motorcycle was not injured.
OSP troopers from the Burns Worksite responded to investigate. Harney County Sheriff’s Office, local emergency responders and ODOT assisted at the scene.