Sunday, June 26, 2011

Astoria Couple Involved In Serious Motorcycle Crash On Highway 47 North Of Vernonia

Critical Injury Motorcycle Crash - Highway 47 north of Vernonia (Photos) - 06/26/11 An Astoria couple was injured, one critically, following a Saturday afternoon motorcycle crash on Highway 47 north of Vernonia. Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. According to OSP Senior Trooper Jeromy Hasenkamp, on June 25, 2011 at approximately 12:30 p.m. a group of 80 motorcyclists were on a ride traveling along Highway 47 near the intersection with Biggs Road. One of the motorcycles, a 2011 Harley Davidson operated by MARKKU K. TILA, age 50, from Astoria, was southbound when it traveled off the shoulder, struck a highway marker and crashed into a ditch. Passenger LESLIE MICHELE TILA, age 42, was thrown off the motorcycle and critically injured. She was transported by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. The operator was also transported to Legacy Emanuel with minor injuries. Both were wearing protective helmets. OSP troopers were assisted at the scene by Vernonia Police Department and Vernonia Fire Department. Photograph Source: Oregon State Police ### ###

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