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Medford woman killed in Highway 140 motorcycle crash

A female motorcycle rider died Sunday afternoon near Lake Creek on Highway 140 after reportedly losing control around a curve, according to emergency service officials.

The rider was identified as Tamara A. Alter, 57, of Medford. She was driving a 2005 Yamaha motorcycle, according to an Oregon State Police news release.

According to the release, Alter failed to negotiate a curve around milepost 27 and struck a guard rail, ejecting her from the motorcycle and sending her down a rocky embankment.

Alter was wearing a helmet, and excessive speed and impairment were not believed to be factors in the crash, the release said.

Alter was riding along the road with other motorcyclists at the time of the accident, according to a Fire District 3 official.

The Oregon State Police and Fire District No. 3 responded to the scene. The roadway was not blocked as a result of the accident.