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Motorcyclists injured when rider hits deer, strikes second bike

— Two Tacoma men were injured early Saturday morning in a two-vehicle crash, after the first vehicle managed to avoid striking a deer but the second wasn’t as fortunate.

The collision was reported at 4:30 a.m. on U.S. Highway 97, about four miles south of town, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Darryl M. Russell, 21, was the rider of the first vehicle, a 2006 Kawasaki motorcycle. He was riding north followed by Terry W. Hayner, 22, on a 1999 Yamaha motorcycle.

Russell swerved to avoid a deer in the roadway, but Hayner struck it and then struck Russell’s motorcycle in the northbound lane, the State Patrol reported.

Both motorcycles came to a rest on the southbound shoulder, troopers said. They were impounded and towed from the scene.

Russell and Hayner were transported to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. The State Patrol did not disclose the extent of their injuries.

Both men were wearing helmets.

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