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Fatal Motorcycle Crash Closes Highway

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NEAR VIDA, Ore. — Highway 126 is now open after a fatal motorcycle crash closed the highway for hours Saturday morning.

The McKenzie Highway was closed for about two hours Saturday morning as Oregon State Police tried to figure out what caused a motorcyclist to lose control and crash in the middle of the highway.

OSP says it happened just before 10:00 a.m. near milepost 38. The motorcyclist died at the scene.

After the crash, police kept the area closed in both directions for a few hours as they tried to put together the pieces. “We don’t have any idea why he lost control of his bike. We are in the process right now of reconstructing the accident itself and hopefully it’ll provide some answers,” said Sgt. Alan Gilbert, Oregon State Police.

OSP said it’s unsure if alcohol or speed were a factor in this crash.

The crash caused a major traffic backup, but many drivers said although they had to wait a while for the highway to open back up, it would take more time finding an alternate route.

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