A motorcycle traveling eastbound on Highway 50 collided with a deer at about 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1. The motorcycle was carrying two people and was just east of 1600 Road at the time of the accident. The deer entered the roadway from the south and caused the motorcycle to crash. The Delta Police Department reports that both riders were transported to Delta County Memorial Hospital with injuries. The deer died on scene. Both eastbound lanes were closed for about two hours. The Delta Fire Department and Delta County Sheriff's Office assisted with traffic control.
The motorcycle riders were not identified by the DPD, but are from Colorado. Both were wearing full protective gear, including helmets. Their riding companions, two other people on another motorcycle, made arrangements for the wrecked motorcycle and personal belongings.
A collaborative effort between the Delta County Sheriff's Office and municipal law enforcement agencies throughout Delta County has resulted in a proposal for a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund public safety. A PowerPoint presentation titled "Back the Badge" is starting to make the rounds at city/town council meetings, service club luncheons and other events.