EUGENE, Ore. — A Eugene police car collided with a motorcyclist as the officer was headed to a police call.
The accident happened at the intersection of River Road and Silver Lane.
The 73-year-old motorcyclist, Donald Ray McCullough, is ok, and we don’t know who caused the crash.
Eugene Police Officer Michael Klews, 36, was northbound on River Road and McCullough was turning southbound onto River Road when the accident happened. Police say Officer Klews was called to help other officers on a call regarding a man with a gun. Police say Officer Klews had his lights on, but it’s unclear whether his siren was sounding.
McCullough was walking around and told us he was headed to the doctor to get stitches on his hand.
“I was just filling up a car here and I heard the tires screech and I looked over and that’s what I saw the car, the bicycle laid over and the guy was laying on the ground a woman jumped out of the car saying oh sir are you ok and that was pretty much it. I didn’t expect it to be a cop car,” said witness Ben Hiller.
That witness says he didn’t see any police lights on.
Because it is an officer-involved accident, a Major Collision Team is investigating and the findings will be turned over to the district attorney’s office.
Eugene police say River Road at River Avenue will be down to one lane northbound. Drivers are advised to avoid the area until approximately 5 p.m.