A Hermiston man died in a motorcycle crash early Thursday morning.
Oregon State Police Sgt. Seth Cooney said the driver was Michael James Wilson, 62, of Hermiston. Although there were no witnesses, Cooney said officers think around 1:55 a.m., Wilson drifted off the roadway and drove into a ditch where he struck a culvert and was ejected from the motorcycle.
Wilson was traveling southbound on Highway 207 when the wreck happened at Milepost 19, near Buttercreek Road.
Cooney said that area is known for being a high-traffic area for deer crossing, and there have been other crashes there due to deer.
Cooney said about 10 minutes after the crash another driver came by and saw a headlight on in a nearby field from the motorcycle, but it took a bit longer to locate Wilson.
Wilson died at the scene. Oregon State Police received help from Morrow County Sheriff’s Office, Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office, Ione and Boardman fire departments, Umatilla County Fire District and Oregon Department of Transportation.