Car hits motorcyclist stopped along I-5 in Eugene

Car hits motorcyclist stopped along I-5 in Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. - A motorcyclist who stopped under an overpass to take shelter from the rain suffered serious injuries when a passing car hit him, Oregon State Police said.

Terry Brateng, 58, of Dallas, Oregon, was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend with serious injuries, police said.

Brateng stopped along Interstate 5 under the Harlow Road overpass along with two other motorcyclists around 10:40 a.m. Wednesday to take shelter from the rain.

As he walked around to the front his bike, a passing 1990 Honda Accord traveled onto the shoulder and struck him.

Neither of the other bikers nor the driver suffered injuries, police said.

The crash remains under investigation.

Initial report

EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon State Police are still investigating a crash on Interstate 5 that left a motorcycle rider in critical condition.

Oregon State Police at the scene say a red Honda collided with a motorcycle in the southbound lanes of I-5 near milepost 194.

Officials at the scene say the motorcycle rider was taken to Sacred Heart at RiverBend in Springfield, where they say he is in critical condition.

The rider was in a group of three motorcycles, and none of the other riders were injured.

The crash closed one southbound lane near the off-ramps to I-105, but it has since reopened.

No names have been released at this point.

This is a developing story and will be updated.