70-year-old couple hurt in motorcycle crash off McKenzie Highway

SISTERS, Ore. -- A 70-year-old man was flown to the hospital Saturday after crashing a motorcycle while riding with his spouse along the McKenzie HIghway, State Police said.

State Police Officials said Gerald Donaldson, 70, of Box Elder, South Dakota, was riding a Harley Davidson Motorcycle on the McKenzie Highway (Highway 242) with a passenger, Judy Donaldson, also 70 years old.

Troopers said the motorcycle crashed off the highway and came to a stop near a tree at milepost 71 (about 14 miles east of Highway 126).

Passing drivers spotted the crash site along Highway 242 just after noon on Saturday. One of the people who reported the crash started providing medical help to the couple until paramedics arrived on-scene.

Gerald Donaldson was driven to a LifeFlight helicopter which was waiting to take the seriously injured man to Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend.

Judy Donaldson was also taken to Sacred Heart with minor injuries.

Officials said both riders were wearing protective helmets.

State troopers are still looking into what caused Donaldson to leave the roadway.