Ashland police officer Lisa Evans monitors the accident scene Monday on Siskiyou Boulevard at Hillview Drive.

Motorcycle cop injured in collision

ASHLAND — A city policeman escaped serious injury Monday when his motorcycle slammed into a minivan that pulled in front of him on Siskiyou Boulevard while the officer was trying to intercept a traffic violator, authorities said.

Officer Steve (see correction note below) MacLennan suffered a broken right arm, cuts and bruises in the 9:42 a.m. crash at the intersection of Siskiyou Boulevard and Hillview Drive, according to the Ashland Police Department.

MacLennan was headed east on Siskiyou Boulevard with his motorcycle's police lights activated when a westbound Plymouth minivan driven by Dorothy Younglove attempted to turn onto Hillview Drive, police said.

The van apparently pulled directly into MacLennan's path, police said..

Witness Wally Ramsay, a retired Jackson County sheriff's deputy, said MacLennan appeared to break briefly before hitting the van, causing debris to scatter. Ramsay said he estimated MacLennan's speed at 35 mph just before the crash occurred.

MacLennan was taken by ambulance to Rogue Valley Medical Center, where he was treated for his injuries and released, a hospital spokesperson said.

Younglove was uninjured, police said.

Traffic was rerouted for more than an hour as the multi-agency Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team, or STAR Team, was called in to investigate.

Ashland police did not return calls seeking comment on possible citations.

Correction: The officer's first name was incorrect in the original version of this story. This version has been corrected.

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