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Enes Smith was riding his motorcycle in Eastern Oregon when he was struck by an ATV that fell off a truck.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Enes Smith, of Madras, was seriously injured while riding his motorcycle in Eastern Oregon Aug. 23, when an ATV strapped to a pickup came loose in front of him.A former police chief for both Madras and Warm Springs, Enes Smith, 72, was seriously injured in a motorcyle accident last Friday morning, in Baker County.

Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a serious injury crash on U.S. Highway 26, near milepost 202, between the Austin junction and Unity — southeast of Baker City, around 11:15 a.m. Aug. 23.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Ford F-350 flatbed pickup hauling a Honda ATV, operated by Justin Jacobs, 38, of Prairie City, was traveling westbound on Highway 26, when the strap holding the ATV to  the truck came loose and the ATV fell off the truck.

The ATV struck an eastbound motorcycle operated by Smith, who was transported by air ambulance with serious injuries.

OSP was assisted by the Baker County Sheriff's Office, emergency medical services from Unity and Baker City, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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