On Saturday June 2, 2018 at approximately 7:00 PM, Oregon State Police and other emergency personnel responded to the area of milepost 80 on Hwy 26 (Warm Springs) for a multi-vehicle crash.
Preliminary investigation shows that a motorcycle ridden by Rhett LARSEN, age 39, from Bend was travelling east when a large bear ran into his path. He was unable to avoid the bear and struck the bear (deceased) in the eastbound lane. Larsen was thrown from his motorcycle and was struck by a westbound Ford SUV pulling a utility trailer driven by Margaret SWEO, age 57, from Oregon City. SWEO’s vehicle traveled off the roadway and rolled onto its side. SWEO was transported by Life Flight to a hospital.
LARSEN suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The roadway was closed for nearly 6 hours with a detour in place.
ODOT and Warm Springs Police Department assisted in the incident.
via press release from Oregon State Police