Crash kills motorcyclist on I-84, seriously injures another
The names of a man killed and another man injured in a two-motorcycle crash near Corbett on Friday, June 10, have been released.
Michael Ray Pamplin, 63, of Albany died in the crash just after noon, and a second motorcyclist, identified as Keith Corbett, 50, of Lebanon, was seriously injured, said Lt. Gregg Hastings, Oregon State Police spokesman.
Pamplin was driving a white Harley Davidson motorcycle as part of a group of 10 motorcycles heading eastbound on Interstate 84 en route to the Baker City area. He was in the middle of the group when he reportedly lost control approximately four miles east of Troutdale near Milepost 21, crashed onto the pavement and was run over by another motorcyclist in the group.
A Multnomah County deputy parked on the right shoulder east of the scene witnessed the crash. That deputy, as well as citizens who stopped to help, provided initial emergency medical care until medics arrived.
Pamplin, who was wearing a protective helmet, died at the scene.
An ambulance transported Corbett, the other injured motorcyclist, to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. Corbett also was wearing a helmet and is listed in serious condition.
Police investigating the crash closed eastbound traffic on I-84 until about 1 p.m. when the left lane was reopened.
Making matters even worse, a westbound motorist driving by the scene slowed down to look, causing a rear-end collision at freeway speed, Hastings said. Luckily nobody was injured in that two-vehicle collision. Westbound lanes of traffic remained open following the westbound crash.
Oregon State Police troopers from the Portland Area Command office are leading the investigation with help from the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. Multnomah County Fire District 14, Gresham Fire and Emergency Services, Troutdale and Fairview police departments and Oregon Department of Transportation officials helped at the scene.