Pickup truck driver dies after crash with motorcycle

Pickup truck driver dies after crash with motorcycle

INDEPENDENCE, Ore. -- A man died Sunday morning after a motorcyclist crashed into his pickup truck and was thrown through the truck's windshield, state troopers said.

Officials say that the motorcyclist, 22-year-old Bradley Mosey of Independence, is being treated in the hospital. Police expect him to survive.

According to police, Billy Austin, 77, of Monmouth, was driving his Chevy pickup north of Independence on Highway 51 when he made a left turn into a driveway.

Austin was about a quarter of the way into his turn when officials say Mosey hit the right-front corner of the truck, flew off his motorcycle and through the pickup's windshield.

Police said that Mosey came to a rest near the rear seats of the pickup.

Both men were flown to Salem Memorial Hospital. Austin was pronounced dead at the hospital from crash-related injuries.

Troopers credit Mosey's survival to his protective helmet and safety gear.

Witnesses told troopers that neither the motorcycle nor pickup was speeding at the time of the crash.