News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, 6:37 p.m.
UPDATE from Oregon State Police (Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016)
On August 16, 2016 at about 5:30 p.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a crash on Highway 213 at SE Monterey Avenue (near Clackamas Town Center).
Preliminary investigation reveals a 2015 TriMet Bus was traveling southbound on Highway 213 (SE 82nd Ave) when it began a left turn onto SE Monterey Avenue. The bus turned into the path of a northbound 2016 Yamaha which collided with the right rear area (of the bus).
The motorcyclist, Justin M BERRY, age 40, of Oregon City, suffered serious injuries and was taken by air ambulance to an area hospital. The driver of the bus, Daniel G OTTO, age 58, of Portland was not injured. There were 5 passengers on the bus at the time of the crash; none were injured.
The northbound lanes of Highway 213 were closed for about 30 minutes before one lane was opened. The scene was cleared after about an hour.
More information will be released when it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.
EARLIER (Thursday, Aug. 16, 6:37 p.m.)
Just after 5:15 p.m. on Aug. 16, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies and Oregon State Police troopers responded to the intersection of SE 82nd Ave. and SE Monterey Ave. in unincorporated Clackamas County. Callers had reported that a TriMet bus and a motorcycle had collided in the intersection -- and that the motorcycle rider appeared to have critical injuries.
Deputies and troopers quickly arrived on-scene and determined that the male who had been driving the motorcycle was an off-duty Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputy. The deputy was off-duty and driving his personal motorcycle at the time of the crash.
The deputy was Life Flighted from the scene to a local hospital, where he is currently being treated for his injuries.
The driver of the bus is on-scene and cooperating with the investigation.
The Oregon State Police is the lead investigator in this crash.
The Sheriff's Office Criminal Reconstruction and Forensic Team (CRAFT) also responded to the scene to assist investigators.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
The Sheriff's Office thanks all the good Samaritans who stopped to help deliver medical aid to our deputy. The Sheriff's Office would also like to thank Clackamas Fire District #1, American Medical Response, and Life Flight for their outstanding response to the crash scene.
All further questions should be directed to the Oregon State Police.
Deputy Hayden Sanders
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office