Victim ID'ed in Deadly Motorcycle Accident on I-80 at Orchard Interchange

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

RENO, NV - A Fernley man is dead after a single-motorcycle accident in the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 west of Wadsworth.

NHP Spokesman Trooper Chuck Allen says the Nevada Highway Patrol first received the call of the accident at 8:41pm Thursday. When troopers arrived on scene at the Orchard Interchange (exit 38), they found the 55-year-old man ejected from his 2010 Harley Davidson.

The victim has been identified as Russell W. Morton. Troopers say he was traveling west in the left lane on his Harley-Davidson. For some reason, he allowed his motorcycle to depart the travel lane toward the left, where it hit a section of guardrail. He died at the scene.

Trooper Mike Stapledon of the Major Accident Investigation Team is assigned to this case. Witnesses or anyone with additional information are encouraged to contact him at (775) 689-4623 or mstapledon@dps.state.nv.us regarding case number NHP-120531950.


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