Three people were injured, one critically, in a multiple motorcycle crash Sunday afternoon northbound Interstate 5 about two miles north of Brooks.  Two motorcyclists are still being treated and a third has been released from the hospital.

On October 7, 2007 at approximately 1:35 p.m. a large group of motorcyclists were northbound on Interstate 5 as part of an organized ride to a reported funeral in the Portland area.  The organized ride started in the Medford area and during it other motorcycles were joining in.

Near milepost 265 northbound, Patrick H. Lucas, age 37, from Molalla,
was on the northbound shoulder waiting to join the ride.  According to
witnesses, the group slowed down to allow Lucas to fall in the back but
he instead attempted to merge into the middle of the group.  Lucas”
motorcycle collided with another motorcycle operated by Jerry W.
Worthington, age 69, from Butte Falls.  They both went down onto the
highway. A third motorcycle operated by John H. Jensen, age 60, from
Wilderville, Oregon collided with the first two motorcycles.  A fourth
motorcycle operated by Patrick A. Treece, age 56, from Coos Bay, ran
over the wreckage but was not injured.

Lucas and Jensen were
transported by ground ambulance to Salem Hospital.  Lucas was being
treated in the Intensive Care Unit as of Monday, Oct. 8. Jensen was
treated and released for minor injuries.

Worthington was
critically injured and transported by LifeFlight to Oregon Health
Sciences University.  He was still listed in critical condition as of
Monday morning.

All motorcyclists were wearing protective helmets.

State Police troopers from the Salem Area Command office are continuing
the investigation.  All lanes were closed about 15 minutes to allow for
LifeFlight to land.  The inside lane has been open but the center and
right lanes were closed until being reopened about 6:15 p.m.

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