Two people die in crash on Hwy 22W - Polk County

Oregon State Police - 12/28/18

On Thursday, December 27, 2018 at approximately 12:58 pm, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a motor vehicle crash on Hwy 22W near milepost 8. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a motorcycle, with attached side car, was traveling eastbound on Hwy 22W when it swerved into the westbound lane of travel to avoid hitting a deer.  

The motorcycle collided with a westbound GMC Yukon.  

The two occupants of the motorcycle sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased at the scene.

The occupants of the Yukon sustained minor injuries.      

Hwy 22W was closed for approximately 2.5 hours following the crash before the eastbound lane was opened. 

OSP was assisted by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Dallas Fire Department, and ODOT.

The operator of the motorcycle has been identified as John Weaver (66) from Dallas.  The passenger in the sidecar has been identified as Laura Weaver (66) from Dallas.

The operator of the GMC Yukon has been identified as Brandon Folkert (41) from Salem.
The motorcycle was unable to avoid the deer and it was struck before the motorcycle went into the westbound lane.