KNAPPA - The fire chief of a volunteer fire department in Onoway, Alberta, Canada died Monday afternoon when the motorcycle he and his wife were riding on collided with a car that pulled into their path on U.S. Highway 30 about eight miles east of Astoria.
At approximately 3:30 p.m., a 1984 Honda Goldwing motorcycle operated by Karl E. Umstatter, 43, from Onoway, Alberta was westbound on Highway 30 near milepost 87 approaching the intersection with Burnside Loop Road. Stopped on the north side of the highway on Burnside Loop Road was a 1998 Buick Century driven by Elmer H. Manor, age 84, from Astoria.
Manor attempted to turn eastbound onto Highway 30 and pulled into the path of the motorcycle, troopers said. The motorcycle crashed into the driver's side of the Buick and both motorcycle occupants were ejected.
Karl Umstatter was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was wearing protective headgear. Troopers learned he and his wife were vacationing in the area, and he is the fire chief of a small volunteer fire department.
His wife, Darlene Umstatter, 43, was seriously injured and taken by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Hospital for treatment. She was wearing protective headgear.
Manor was wearing safety restraints and received minor injuries. His wife, Margaret Manor, age 84, was wearing safety restraints and had minor injuries. Both were transported by Medix ambulance to Columbia Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Troopers from the Oregon State Police Astoria Area Command office are continuing the investigation. No enforcement action has been taken. Assistance was provided by an OSP Crash Reconstructionist, Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, Svenson/Knappa Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation. One lane was closed for approximately two hours.