Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Sunday afternoon’s motorcycle-involved fatal traffic crash on the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 about ten miles north of Albany. The motorcycle operator, who was an off-duty Marion County deputy, was transported to Salem Hospital where he was pronounced deceased shortly after arrival from injuries received in the crash.
Updated information indicates on July 8, 2012 at approximately 1:40 p.m., a 2003 Honda motorcycle operated by Tyler David Chapman, age 40, from Salem, was northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 244 when traffic ahead quickly began braking and stopping due to heavy congestion. Chapman lost control trying to stop and went down on the highway. A 2005 Dodge Durango driven by Minnie J. Bohall, age 33, from Creswell, was following the motorcycle and wasn’t able to avoid striking the motorcycle and/or Chapman.
Chapman was seriously injured and transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. He was wearing a protective helmet. Chapman was a deputy with Marion County Sheriff’s Office. A news release and statement from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office will be sent shortly.
Bohall was not injured.
OSP troopers from the Salem Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Troopers from the Albany OSP office, Jefferson Fire District, and ODOT assisted at the scene.
The northbound lanes were re-opened about 3:40 p.m.
News Release from: Oregon State Police