A motorcyclist is dead after losing control of his bike while trying to avoid a deer.
The State Patrol says it happened at 5:15 Tuesday night on Oakridge Road, about half a mile north of highway 27 in Jackson County.
The rider was alone on the bike, swerved to avoid hitting a deer, and tipped over. He was thrown from the motorcycle and slid on the road.
The rider died while being airlifted to a hospital.
His name has not been released.