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Oregon City man airlifted after two motorcycle crash

An Oregon City man was airlifted to Legacy Emmanuel Medical Center with life threatening injuries after a two motorcycle crash on Highway 26 Wednesday morning.

At about 8 a.m. on Sept. 23, Oregon State Police responded and emergency personnel responded to reports of a crash near milepost 32 east of Sandy.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: OREGON STATE POLICE - Two men were injured, one critically, in a two motorcycle crash on Highway 26 on Wednesday, Sept. 23.

Early preliminary investigation indicates Marc R. Gibson, 65, of Oregon City was traveling east on Highway 26 on a 2014 Harley Davidson motorcycle when he drifted left and struck the center cable barrier.

He was thrown from the motorcycle onto the highway.

Vernon Henderson, 68, of Clackamas was following Gibson on a 2010 Harley Davidson. He was unable to navigate around Gibson’s crash and was thrown onto the highway after colliding with the motorcycle.

Gibson was flown via air ambulance to Legacy in Portland with life threatening injuries and Henderson was taken by ground ambulance to Legacy with minor injuries.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: OREGON STATE POLICE - Highway 26 was closed for two hours east of Sandy as Oregon State Police investigated and cleared the crash site.

The investigation is ongoing.

Two lanes of Highway 26 were closed for two hours following the crash and eastbound traffic was rerouted.

OSP was aided on scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Department, Hoodland Fire District and American Medical Response.

As of Thursday, Sept. 24, Gibson was still in serious condition.