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Motorcyclist killed on Mountain Highway after sliding into path of logging truck

A man was killed Tuesday after he lost control of his motorcycle and was struck by a logging truck on the Mountain Highway in La Grande.

The Spanaway man was headed south on state Route 7 when he lost control of his motorcycle for an unknown reason, said Washington State Patrol spokeswoman trooper Johnna Batiste.

The man slid into the path of the logging truck, which was headed north. The truck was not carrying any timber at the time of the 11:55 a.m. accident, but the driver could not stop in time, Batiste said.

The motorcyclist was declared dead at the scene, Batiste said. His identity was withheld pending notification of next of kin.

No other people were injured.

The road was blocked for over four hours.

Craig Sailor has worked for The News Tribune for 20 years as a reporter, editor and photographer. He previously worked at The Olympian and at other newspapers in Nevada and California.