Philomath Fire and Rescue responds to an injured bicyclist who was hit by a vehicle while turning from Kings Valley Highway onto Highway 20. (Photo provided by Philomath Fire and Rescue)


This story was updated at 1:45 p.m. Sept. 10 with additional information after receiving a report from the Benton County Sheriff's Office.

A bicyclist attempting to make a left turn from Kings Valley Highway onto Highway 20 early Saturday afternoon was injured when it hit a vehicle, Philomath Fire and Rescue reported.

The local fire department was dispatched to the call at 12:38 p.m. Aug. 26 to the location where the two highways intersect.

Deputy Fire Chief Rich Saalsaa said that upon arrival, a female bicyclist was down on the right side of Highway 20.

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office reported that a 46-year-old Corvallis woman was riding south on Kings Valley Highway and did not stop at a stop sign to turn east onto Highway 20. The bicyclist reported that she did not see oncoming traffic.

A vehicle driven by a 66-year-old Boise, Idaho, man reportedly attempted to avoid the woman but the bicycle struck the front driver’s side and then again near the back of the vehicle. As a result, the female was thrown from the bicycle and landed on the side of the road.

Philomath Fire and Rescue arrived with four personnel in an engine and rescue vehicle, as well as Saalsaa as incident commander.

Saalsaa said an initial assessment showed the female as stable with reported back pain and arm pain. Passers-by had stopped to render assistance, he added. The bicyclist was transported to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center via Corvallis Fire ambulance.