Brookings man dies in motorcycle crash avoiding lumber spilled from Forest Service rig


GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. - A Brookings man died after he crashed while attempting to avoid a load of lumber that spilled from a Forest Service pickup onto Highway 35 in Hood River County on Monday.

David Bruce Hall, 66, tried to avoid the lumber but crashed around 12:50 p.m., police said.

Hall was wearing protective gear.

"Lifesaving efforts were made," state police said in a report. "However, Hall succumbed to his injuries."

The crash happened after a load of lumber spilled onto the highway from a rack on a white 2006 Chevy pickup driven by USDA Forest Service employee Denise J. Hilkey, 46, of Parkdale, police said.

The spill happened as the truck went through a southbound curve in the highway near milepost 62.

The lumber partially blocked the northbound and southbound lanes.

Hall was northbound on a gold 2006 Harley Davidson when he tried to avoid the lumber.

Police said the investigation remains open.