ST HELENS - An Ilwaco, Wash., motorcyclist was seriously injured Saturday afternoon in an accident on U.S. Highway 30 near St. Helens.

Oregon State Police said Lynn Mohler, 54, was headed north at 1:42 p.m. when a boat trailer broke loose from a southbound vehicle and veered across the highway, striking the motorcycle. Mohler was taken by Columbia River Fire and Rescue paramedics to Legacy Emanuel Hospital, and was in good condition today.

The operator of the pickup truck towing the boat trailer, Ricky James Rupp, 51, of Warren, was cited for violating towing safety requirements.

Oregon State Police troopers from the St. Helens work site are continuing to investigate the crash, which blocked all but one lane of the four-lane stretch of highway for about an hour. Troopers were assisted by ODOT, Columbia River Fire and Rescue and the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

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