SHERMAN COUNTY, OR (KPTV) — A motorcyclist died Sunday after being hit by a wild turkey on Highway 97 and then colliding with a guardrail.
Just after 11:30 a.m., Oregon State Police troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a single-vehicle crash involving a motorcycle on Hwy 97 near milepost 15, about two miles north of Moro.
According to OSP, the preliminary investigation revealed that a 2005 Kawasaki motorcycle, which was operated by 55-year-old Vanesa Gunther of Junction City, was traveling southbound on Hwy 97 when a wild turkey collided with her after it flew into a northbound commercial motor vehicle.
After being hit by the turkey, Gunther traveled across the northbound lane and hit a guardrail.
She sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The northbound lane of Highway 97 was closed for several hours after the crash.
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