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Welches woman killed, 2 people injured in Hwy. 26 crash west of Warm Springs

Hwy. 26 fatal crash OSP 629

(Update: OSP releases details of crash)

WARM SPRINGS, Ore. (KTVZ) -- A Welches woman was killed and two Washington state residents were injured late Monday morning in a head-on crash that closed U.S. Highway 26 west of Warm Springs for more than four hours, Oregon State Police said.

OSP troopers and other emergency personnel responded around 11:30 a.m. to the reported crash near milepost 85, OSP Captain Tim Fox said.

A preliminary investigation found that Kathy Rayborn, 73 of Welches, was driving a white Mercedes-Benz SUV eastbound when it crossed into the oncoming lanes and collided with a motor home driven by Richard Rydman, 76, of Vancouver, Washington.

Rayborn sustained fatal injuries and died at the crash scene, Fox said. Rydman and his passenger, Janice Rydman, 73, also of Vancouver, were taken to St. Charles Madras.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Warm Springs Police Department, Warm Springs Fire & Rescue and ODOT.

ODOT said in an updated advisory around 1 p.m. Monday afternoon that Highway 26 was closed between mileposts 71 and 103, with detours in place. The highway was reopened by around 4 p.m.

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