Madras, OR -

Central Oregon authorities say a motorcyclist who stopped under a tree to get out of the rain was killed when lightning struck the tree.

KTVZ -TV reports a couple were riding on U.S. 97 northeast of Madras Sunday afternoon when the storm came up.

Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins says a man was killed and his wife was taken to the hospital.

The couple were not immediately identified. They were at the junction of Highway 97 and Oregon 293.