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Motorcycle rider injured on North Cascades Highway after reportedly making unsafe pass

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California Highway Patrol and the California Office of Traffic Safety put together this video to help reduce the number of motorcycle fatal and injury collisions and to promote roadway safety.

A Skagit County man was in the intensive care unit Thursday, May 9, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after he crashed his motorcycle on the North Cascades Highway, police and hospital officials said.

Steven C. Olson, 56, was hospitalized after he crashed his 2006 Victory Vegas Wednesday morning, May 8, while passing in a no-passing area of Highway 20 in eastern Whatcom County, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Harborview spokeswoman Susan Gregg said Olson was in serious condition in the ICU.

A state patrol report said the crash was reported at 10:27 a.m. near milepost 126 on Highway 20 near Diablo Lake, approximately five miles east of Newhalem.

Unsafe passing was listed as the cause of the crash, and charges were under investigation.

According to a story by The Seattle Times, at least four motorcycle deaths have happened in the state already this month, including one in Shoreline on Monday.

David Rasbach joined The Bellingham Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news. He has been an editor and writer in several western states since 1994.
Robert Mittendorf covers civic issues, weather, traffic and how people are coping with the high cost of housing for The Bellingham Herald. A journalist since 1984, he’s also a volunteer firefighter for South Whatcom Fire Authority.
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