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1 killed, 2 injured in motorcycle collision near Florence

FLORENCE — Officials with Oregon State Police say a man from Germany has been killed in a collision involving three motorcycles on Highway 101 north of Florence.

Lt. Bill Fugate said in a news release that troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a crash at about 2:20 p.m. Tuesday.

Witnesses told troopers that three motorcyclists were heading north on the highway and passing two vehicles in a no-passing zone when the lead motorcycle slowed abruptly, causing all three to collide.

A 58-year-old man riding one of the motorcycles died at the scene. Two other men, ages 51 and 53, were taken to a local hospital and treated for minor injuries. All three riders are German citizens.

Highway 101 was closed Tuesday for about two hours in both directions as authorities investigated.