Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Motorcycle-vs.-deer crash injures 2

Victims transported, deer dispatched at scene of accident


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

    Two Oregon residents were injured last week after they crashed a Harley-Davidson motorcycle into a deer on state Highway 75 north of Ketchum.
    The Blaine County Sheriff’s Office identified the victims as 56-year-old Carl Burkhart and 53-year-old Dianne Burkhart, both of Warrenton, Ore. According to the accident report, Carl Burkhart suffered from road burns and a possible fractured right hand and Dianne Burkhart sustained a possible broken right wrist and left ankle.
    Both were transported by ambulance to St. Luke’s Wood River hospital. According to the accident report, both were treated for a “few hours” and then released.
    Sheriff Gene Ramsey said the accident occurred shortly after 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 3, when a southbound blue 2009 Harley-Davidson Super Glide, driven by Carl Burkhart, collided with a deer near the bridge over the Big Wood River near North Fork, about five miles north of Ketchum.
    “A deer jumped across the guardrail into their path,” Ramsey said.
    The sheriff said the animal was badly injured and was “dispatched at the scene by a passerby.”
Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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