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Motorcyclist on life support after hitting railroad crossing arm

 

Motorcyclist on life support after hitting railroad crossing arm
By KATU.com Staff Published: Jun 17, 2012 at 11:18 AM PDT Last Updated: Jun 17, 2012 at 11:18 AM PDT 
from:  http://www.kval.com/news/local/Motorcyclist-crashes-speeds-off-and-hits-railroad-crossing-arm-159304885.html

Motorcyclist on life support after hitting railroad crossing arm


Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
 StoPhotos ยป 120616_rr_crash4 120616_rr_crash1 120616_rr_crash2 120616_rr_crash3  ALOHA, Ore. - A motorcyclist was critically injured Friday evening when he hit a railroad crossing arm in Aloha.

The crash happened around 9:30 p.m. at Southwest 170th Avenue and Tualatin Valley Highway.

According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, 53-year-old Brant Schwoch had first crashed his motorcycle a few blocks south of the railroad crossing. Some people stopped to help him out and said they noticed he smelled of alcohol. The man got up, got back on his motorcycle and sped off.

Schwoch didn't get far, though and ended up hitting the railroad crossing arm in an impact that was great enough to break a counter weight in half.

The man was rushed to the hospital with critical injuries. The sheriff's office reported Saturday afternoon that he was on life support.

After speaking with witnesses and investigating what happened, the sheriff's office said alcohol did play a role in what happened.

 

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