On U.S. 26, near Rhododendron

Oregon State Police troopers responded Monday evening to the scene of a fatal motorcycle accident, involving a Madras man, along U.S. Highway 26 about two miles west of Rhododendron.

According to the report, on June 17, at 7:20 p.m., a 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by John Edward Tomer, 65, of Madras, was eastbound on U.S. 26 near milepost 46.

For an unknown reason, the motorcycle traveled across the westbound lane, where a witness in another vehicle slowed to avoid it. The motorcycle continued off the highway into a ditch and hit a tree bordering the north side.

Tomer was wearing a protective helmet, but was pronounced dead at the scene.

OSP troopers from the Portland Area Command office are investigating the crash.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Hoodland Fire Department and Oregon Department of Transportation assisted at the scene. The highway was reopened at about 11 p.m.

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