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Iron Horse Garage owner Bill Ballard of Forest Grove dies in motorcycle crash

NEWS-TIMES FILE PHOTO - William Ballard, owner of Iron Horse Garage in Forest Grove, died Thursday in a motorcycle crash in Washington state.William "Bill" Ballard, owner of Iron Horse Garage in Forest Grove, died Thursday, Aug. 4, in a motorcycle accident in Washington state.

According to a story in the Chronicle, a newspaper in Lewis County, Washington, Ballard "lost control of his motorcycle on U.S. Highway 12 about eight miles east of Packwood around 12:30 p.m."

Ballard, 58, of Forest Grove, was traveling east when he "failed to properly navigate a curve to the right, struck a guardrail and was ejected from his 2003 Harley Davidson Electra Glide motorcycle, according to the Washington State Patrol," the Chronicle reported.

It was Ballard who called 911 in May 2014 after Forest Grove Mayor Pete Truax tumbled from his motor-scooter at the corner of Thatcher Road and Watercrest Road. His wife, Jeanne Pfluke, ran to the intersection to assist Truax, the News-Times reported that month.

Funeral services for Ballard are pending, said Josh Schertenleib of Iron Horse Garage, a motorcycle repair shop on Thatcher Road.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.