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CHP Incident Report: Oregon Man Receives Major Injuries in Motorcycle Crash

The California Highway Patrol has released details of a late night motorcycle collision on Highway 395 near Smoke Creek Road that sent a 55-year old Oregon man to Renown Medical Center with major injuries.

According to CHP Public Information Officer Kristen Wilburn, the incident occurred around 10:45 on September 28th when a group of three motorcycles were traveling southbound on the highway at around 65mph.

An Oregon man, identified by the CHP as Karl Dean Poage, was driving a 2009 Harley Davidson in the back of the group of riders when they encountered a dead deer laying in the southbound traffic lane.

The lead motorcyclist was near roadway’s edge and evasive action was not necessary to avoid a collision with the deer.

The second motorcyclist was near the eastern roadway edge of US-395 and to the rear of the lead motorcyclist. Its rider leaned to the left and drove around the deceased deer.

Poage’s motorcycle was approximately 100-yards to the rear of the second motorcyclist and for reasons unknown he failed to see the deceased deer which he struck, causing him to lose control of the motorcycle.

The driver, who according to the Highway Patrol was not wearing a DOT approved motorcycle helmet, was thrown from the bike and sustained significant blunt forced trauma to his head, along with a collapsed lung, tension neumo-thorax and abrasions to his face, right shoulder and both knees.

He was flown to Renown Medical Center in Reno for treatment of his injuries.

Jeremy Couso
Jeremy Couso
SusanvilleStuff.com Publisher/Editor
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