MORO, Ore. (CBS Local) — A motorcyclist died Sunday after being hit by a wild turkey and then colliding with a guardrail, authorities in Oregon said.
Vanesa Gunther, 55, was driving a 2005 Kawasaki motorcycle southbound on Highway 97 about two miles north of Moro when she was struck by a wild turkey, forcing her into the oncoming Northbound lane and into a guardrail.
Gunther, who was from Junction City, Oregon, was pronounced dead at the scene, CBS affiliate KOIN reported.
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Investigators say the wild turkey had flown into a northbound commercial motor vehicle before it struck Gunther.
Oregon State Police troopers and emergency personnel reached the crash site just after 11:30 a.m.
The northbound lane of Highway 97 was closed for several hours after the crash.