Salem motorcyclist dies in crash on I-205 in Vancouver - KPTV - FOX 12

Salem motorcyclist dies in crash on I-205 in Vancouver

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

A motorcyclist was killed in a crash involving multiple vehicles on northbound Interstate 205 in Vancouver on Tuesday.

The crash occurred just south of SR-500 at 3:17 p.m.

Washington State Patrol reports 60-year-old Michael D. Shields of Salem was driving a 1993 Harley Davidson motorcycle north on the highway when he hit the passenger side of a 2004 Dodge Ram pickup and then the back of a Jeep Liberty.

The truck and Jeep were stopped for traffic, according to police.

After the initial collision, the Dodge Ram hit the Jeep, which was pushed into the back of a 2007 Lincoln Town Car.

Troopers said the cause of the crash was speeding and an unsafe lane change.

Shields was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a helmet, according to police.

There were no other injuries. 

Police said they received reports of low-speed collisions in the backed-up traffic following the crash, as well as a road rage incident involving a driver who exited a car and began hitting other vehicles.

Two northbound lanes of I-205 were blocked for hours after the crash. Troopers advised drivers to avoid the area if possible or expect major delays.

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