Medics working on crash victim
Medics tend to a crash victim at the intersection of North 19th and Main on Tuesday afternoon. (Photo provided by Philomath Fire & Rescue)

A motorcyclist was seriously injured in a collision with a van on Tuesday afternoon in Philomath at the intersection of 19th Street and Main Street, the Philomath Police Department and Philomath Fire & Rescue reported.

Emergency responders were dispatched to the scene of the crash at 4:43 p.m.

The motorcycle involved in the crash. (Photo provided by Philomath Fire & Rescue)

A preliminary investigation, which included interviews with witnesses, indicates that the van was headed east on Main Street and made a left turn toward North 19th in front of the motorcycle, Philomath Chief of Police Ken Rueben said.

The motorcyclist, a male, was rushed via Corvallis Fire ambulance to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis. Philomath Fire & Rescue Capt. Rich Saalsaa, who serves as the organization’s public information officer and was at the scene as incident commander, said medics secured the motorcyclist to a backboard and placed him on a gurney for transport to the hospital.

There were no injuries reported for the driver of the van. It couldn’t be immediately confirmed if there were passengers.

Witnesses, including a motorist traveling behind the motorcycle, reported that the bike’s operator was not speeding and driving normal, Reuben said. The speed limit in that stretch of Main Street is 25 mph.

Reuben said the van attempted the left turn on a flashing yellow arrow after yielding to a vehicle that passed but apparently not seeing the motorcycle that followed.

The van involved in the crash. (Photo provided by Philomath Police Department)

The investigation will continue with police planning to review video from nearby businesses that have security cameras.

The crash occurred at one of the busiest times of day for traffic through Philomath and forced the closure in that vicinity of Main Street’s westbound lanes and all of North 19th Street for approximately 30 minutes.

Philomath Fire & Rescue’s response included a fire truck with three personnel and a rescue vehicle with two personnel, plus the incident commander. The Benton County Sheriff’s Office assisted with traffic control.

Brad Fuqua, Philomath News

Brad Fuqua has covered the Philomath area since 2014 as the editor of the now-closed Philomath Express and currently as publisher/editor of the Philomath News. He has worked as a professional journalist since 1988 at daily and weekly newspapers in Nebraska, Kansas, North Dakota, Arizona, Montana and Oregon.