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Three motorcyclists killed in crashes on OR Highways this weekend

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Three motorcyclists have died in crashes on Oregon’s highways this weekend, according to Oregon State Police.

The first crash happened on Highway 36 near Mapleton Friday evening.

According to Oregon State Police, a 2004 Harley Davidson was traveling east on the highway, when the driver failed to negotiate a corner, crossed the centerline, and hit a 1999 Ford Ranger head-on.

Police said the motorcyclist, Michael Lucier, 56, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Ford was not injured.

The second crash happened late Saturday in Josephine County.

Crews responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 46 at milepost 7 near Cave Junction at around 8 p.m.

According to police, a 2001 Triumph motorcycle was driving east on the highway when it left the road on a corner.

The motorcycle then struck a tree and the rider, Patrick Daley, 57, was thrown down an embankment.

Police said a passing driver called 911, reporting seeing a motorcycle partially down an embankment, and the rider was not breathing.

According to police, Daley was pronounced dead at the scene.

The third crash happened early Sunday morning on I-5 at the 235 interchange.

According to police, a 1995 Kenworth truck tractor towing a chip trailer had been going east on Old Salem Road.

The truck began to make a left turn onto I-5 south, but turned in front of a northbound 1995 Kawasaki motorcycle, and the motorcycle crashed.

The rider, Kevin Argo, 39, of Lebanon was pronounced dead at the scene.

The truck driver, Ruben Defoor, 79, left the scene, but was later found and is cooperating with police.

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