STEAMBOAT, Ore. -- Two people riding a Harley Davidson died Sunday afternoon when their motorcycle collided with a pickup truck on Highway 138E near Steamboat Creek.
State Police closed the highway at milepost 39, about 22 miles east of Glide for over 6 hours while crews cleared the highway and investigated the crash.
Officials said Scotty Schull, 47, of Winston was riding his Harley Davidson west on Highway 138 with Karen Black, 51, also of Winston, as a passenger.
Schull was heading around a curve at around 3 p.m. when the motorcycle traveled into the eastbound lane and hit the side of a Dodge Ram 3500 pickup near Steamboat, Ore.
Schull and Black were pronounced dead at the scene. Both were wearing protective helmets.
The pickup's driver, Darrell Brintnall, 64, of Portland, and his five passengers were not hurt in the crash.
From Oregon State Police:
This is the third fatal crash that Oregon State Police responded to this Labor Day weekend. Police statistics show:
- Fatalities average seven each year in Oregon over this holiday weekend.
- Since record-keeping began, more than 280 people have died during this holiday period, making it the second deadliest major holiday of the year.
- Alcohol is a contributing factor in over half of the traffic fatal crashes.
- The highest number of traffic fatalities occurred in 1978 when 17 people died.
- Oregon has never experienced a fatal-free Labor Day holiday weekend. Single fatality reporting periods occurred in 1999, 2001, 2002, and 2010.
The Oregon State Police, Oregon State Sheriff's Association, Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, and Oregon Department of Transportation offer the following safety reminders for holiday travel:
- Be watchful for emergency vehicles and workers. MOVE OVER if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle which is stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated.
- Get rested before you are tested. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
- Stay up to date on road conditions by visiting TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1. Outside Oregon, dial (503) 588-2941. In work zones, even when workers are not present, all speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.
- Share the road. Watch for bicyclists and pedestrians, especially at night. Bicyclists and pedestrians need to make sure motorists can see them, and motorists needs to make sure they are seen.
- Watch out for motorcyclists, especially if the weather is nice.
- Buckle up every trip, every time. Be sure to use child safety seats correctly.
- Avoid distractions; don't use a mobile device while driving.
- Drive sober or let someone who is sober drive.
Everyone is urged to play an important part in keeping our highways and city streets safe by immediately reporting aggressive, dangerous, and intoxicated drivers to the Oregon State Police at 1-800-24DRUNK (1-800-243-7865) or call 9-1-1.