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Sacramento man killed in Highway 97 car-semi crash

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Oregon State Police
Sacramento driver died Tuesday night in collision of his car, semi-truck on Highway 97 north of Klamath Falls

OSP says car drifted into oncoming lane; crash shut highway for 3 hours

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (KTVZ) -- A Sacramento, California man was killed Tuesday night when his car drifted into the oncoming lanes of Highway 97 and into the path of a semi-truck north of Klamath Falls, Oregon State Police said.

Troopers and other emergency personnel responded around 7:30 p.m. to the crash on Highway 97 near milepost 259.

Troopers said a preliminary investigation found that a Nissan Versa driven by Austin Wills, 29, of Sacramento, was heading south when it drifted into the northbound lanes and collided with a Peterbilt semi-truck driven by a 75-year-old Klamath Falls man.

Wills sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene, troopers said. The truck driver was unhurt.

The crash closed Highway 97 for about three hours, followed by one lane reopened for another hour.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Klamath Falls Sheriff's Office, Chiloquin Fire Department and ODOT.

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1 Comment

  1. Back when I was still driving truck, I got hit head on by a drunk in an SUV.
    Being drunk was probably the only reason he survived. It’s an odd feeling having
    another vehicle coming straight at you, and there is nowhere to go, and nothing you
    can do except wait for the impact…
    I feel bad for the truck driver because every time he is going down the road and a car
    starts to drift across the center lane, it’s the first thing he will think about,
    and unfortunately there are a lot of idiots on the road that do this…

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