PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A motorcyclist is facing life-threatening injuries after colliding with a vehicle on Highway 26 in Gresham on Sunday. 

The motorcyclist, later identified as 19-year-old Phillip Reed, was transported to the hospital by a helicopter. 

The crash happened at the intersection of Southeast 11th Avenue in Gresham shortly before 6 p.m.

Gresham police said the accident happened when a black sedan, traveling east on Hwy 26, attempted to make a left turn at 11th Avenue. The car then collided with a motorcyclist, who was traveling westbound. Firefighters had to help remove the motorcyclist after he became trapped underneath the car. 

Sgt. Thomas Walker with Gresham police said the man was unconscious when they got on scene. He was wearing a helmet, but his motorcycle was nearly unrecognizable after the crash. 

Walker also offered this piece of advice for riders. 

“I’m not going to place blame on anybody or anything like that at this point, but the thing is, if you are going to ride a motorcycle, you have to give yourself every advantage that you can,” he said. “So we recommend high visibility gear, things with retro-reflective piping so that headlights will illuminate while you are wearing and of course always wear a helmet, and preferably a full face helmet.”

The driver is cooperating with the investigation, police said. 

A motorcyclist was transported by helicopter to the hospital after colliding with a vehicle on Highway 26 in Gresham on Oct. 14, 2018. (Courtesy: Gresham PD)

A detour was set up in the area for hours, but all traffic was reopened around 10 p.m.