(Photo: Oregon State Police)
Just before noon today, 81 year old Dale Beacock of Vancouver, Washington died while bicycling on Highway 101 north of Garibaldi. Beacock collided with a logging truck.
According to the Oregon State Police, the crash happened around 11:50 am. A truck pulling a loaded log trailer struck Beacock when, “for an unknown reason” Beacock’s bicycle “swerved in to the southbound lane and collided with the rear of the pole trailer as it was traveling past.” Beacock’s son was riding several yards behind him and was uninjured.
The crash happened near milepost 54, which is right near Barview Jetty Park, a popular picnic area and campsite just outside of Garibaldi.
According to The Columbian newspaper, Beacock was a well-known musician and founder of Beacock Music.
Highway 101 is one of the most popular bicycle touring routes in the world and this is the busiest time of year.
This is the second person to die due to injuries sustained while bicycling today. 23-year-old Diego Reyes died this morning from a collision last night on a rural road in Washington County.