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Motorcyclist dies after hitting cow on Highway 238 in Medford

A motorcyclist is dead after crashing into a cow on Highway 238 near Ross Lane.

Posted: Aug 12, 2019 4:15 AM
Updated: Aug 12, 2019 6:35 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Oregon State Police (OSP) say a motorcyclist is dead after crashing into a cow on Highway 238 near Ross Lane.  The crash happened shortly after 3 a.m. in the early hours of Monday morning.

Both the motorcyclist and cow were discovered dead after the crash. Following notification of his family, police identified the motorcyclist as 57-year-old Stephen Coolidge of Jacksonville.

A preliminary investigation found that Coolidge had been riding his Harley Davidson west on Hwy 238 when he "struck a cow (deceased) that was in the roadway," OSP said. It's unclear at this time whether this statement means that the cow was dead in the roadway prior to the crash, or died as a result.

Police closed the highway between Ross Lane and Hanley Road for more than two hours while investigating and clearing the crash, but have since reopened the roadway.

This is a developing story. This article will be updated with new information as it becomes available. 

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