Motorcyclist dies after being hit by wild turkey on Highway 97

Posted at 10:03 AM, Jul 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-22 12:03:55-04

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    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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