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Motorcyclist John Russell Nelson, 51, severely injured after rear-ending car on Monday, June 24

A St. Helens man sustained life-threatening injuries Monday, June 24, after he was involved in a motorcycle-versus-car crash on Highway 30 in St. Helens.

Motorcyclist John Russell Nelson, 51, of St. Helens, was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries sustained in the crash.

Preliminary information from Oregon State Police indicates Nelson was traveling westbound around 8 p.m. on a Harley Davidson motorcycle on Highway 30 and was reported to be "driving fast and making multiple lane changes just prior to the crash by witnesses," OSP call log information states.

Nelson was in the left lane of the highway when he rear-ended a 2012 Chevy Cruze driven by Paige Jauregui Erhardt, 25, of Columbia City. The crash occurred at milepost 27.4, between Millard Road and Sykes Road.

Nelson was ejected from the motorcycle.

Erhardt was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

Columbia River Fire and Rescue crews also responded to the scene and reported the highway was temporarily shut down.

Alcohol and speed are being considered as possible contributing factors for Nelson's driving behavior, according to information reported by OSP.

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