Motorcyclist Dies in Collision

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A Hermiston man died on Monday in a collision between a motorcycle and a pick-up truck in front of the Short Stop convenience store.

According to the Oregon State Police, a gray 2013 Dodge pick-up truck, driven by David Wayne Morgan, 75, of Hermiston, was traveling northbound on SR-207 when he made a left turn onto the premises of the Short Stop around 4:21 p.m.

A red 1984 Yamaha XT2 motorcycle, operated by Nathaniel John Bloomer, 56, of Hermiston, was traveling southbound on SR-207 and collided into the side of a 1987 Charm horse trailer being towed by Morgan.  Bloomer suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at Good Shepherd Medical Center.

SR-207 was closed for approximately one hour following the crash.  OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Umatilla County Fire District #1 and the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office.

Alcohol is being investigated as a contributing factor of the crash.

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