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Fatal Crash -- Hwy. 26 -- Clackamas County - 05/13/24

Fatal Crash – Hwy. 26 – Clackamas County
Clackamas County near Welches

CLACKAMAS COUNTY, Ore. 13 May 2024 – On Friday, May 10, 2024, at 10:10 p.m., Oregon State Police responded to a report of a two-vehicle crash on Hwy. 26 in Clackamas County near milepost 37. 

The preliminary investigation indicated that a white Mazda sedan, operated by Erwin Michael Cheney (57) of Eagle Creek, was turning eastbound onto Hwy. 26 from a driveway. The vehicle had missed a turn and was turning around in the driveway. As the sedan was turning on the highway, a westbound blue Honda motorcycle, operated by Norman Ralph Lawrence Markham (59) of Sandy, crashed into the rear driver side of the sedan. 

The motorcycle operator (Markham) was thrown off the motorcycle and subsequently struck by another vehicle prior to law enforcement's arrival. Markham died at the scene. 

The highway was impacted for approximately four hours. 

Oregon State Police was assisted by the Clackamas County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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