Stayton man dies in motorcycle crash on Hwy 223

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Published: Aug. 1, 2022 at 6:42 AM PDT
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POLK COUNTY, Ore. (KPTV) - One person died in a motorcycle crash in Polk County on Sunday, according to Oregon State Police.

At 12 p.m., on Sunday, emergency crews responded to a crash on Highway 223 near Pedee. OSP said an investigation revealed a Honda Goldwing was northbound near milepost 17 negotiating a curve when it left the roadway for unknown reasons.

The operator of the motorcycle, identified as 72-year-old Benjamin Gifford, from Stayton, was ejected during the crash. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Highway 223 was closed for about three and a half hours during the crash investigation.