A motorcycle traveling eastbound on Highway 50 collided with a deer at about 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1. The motorcycle was carrying two people and was just east of 1600 Road at the time of the accident. The deer entered the roadway from the south and caused the motorcycle to crash. The Delta Police Department reports that both riders were transported to Delta County Memorial Hospital with injuries. The deer died on scene. Both eastbound lanes were closed for about two hours. The Delta Fire Department and Delta County Sheriff's Office assisted with traffic control.
The motorcycle riders were not identified by the DPD, but are from Colorado. Both were wearing full protective gear, including helmets. Their riding companions, two other people on another motorcycle, made arrangements for the wrecked motorcycle and personal belongings.
Two fatal accidents occurred in Delta County within a two-day span last week.
Casey Gillenwater, 25, of Delta was killed the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 13, in a single-vehicle rollover on Highway 133 outside of Hotchkiss.