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A semi truck hit a 66-year-old motorcyclist Friday afternoon, according to a report in the Yakima Herald.

The crash happened just after 2 p.m. near Lateral A Road south of Union Gap.

The Washington State Patrol reported that a man from Granger was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle westbound on a private road. Police said the man entered the northbound lanes on Highway 97 and collided with an oncoming semi truck.

The rider was taken to the Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital with injuries that were not described by police. Drugs and alcohol did not factor in the crash, police said.

No additional information about the truck driver was available.

My thoughts are with this man and his friends and family. I hope he makes a full and quick recovery and can return to riding in the future.

I hope this story serves as a reminder to all motorists out there that it is important to look carefully in both directions before turning onto another road.

We all need to watch out for each other and not assume that other vehicles see us. Although we may believe that other drivers are to blame, we should remain alert so that we can make up for the mistakes of others or even our own errors.

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