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Terrebonne man killed, Calif. pair injured in Hwy. 97 crash south of Terrebonne

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A Life Flight helicopter flew one Hwy. 97 crash victim to St., Charles Bend while Redmond Fire medics took a second patient to St. Charles Redmond with less serious injuries

(Update: OSP identifies occupants, provides detail)

TERREBONNE, Ore. (KTVZ) – A 21-year-old Terrebonne man was killed and two Stockton, California residents were injured Monday night in a head-on crash on Highway 97 south of Terrebonne, Oregon State Police said.

A preliminary investigation found that Beauden Yetter of Terrebonne was heading south when his Hyundai Accent crossed into the northbound lane and collided with a Chevy Suburban driven by Sarun Roth, 57, of Stockton, OSP Captain Tim Fox said.

Yetter died at the crash scene, Fox said. Roth and his passenger, Mean Sok, 68, were taken to St. Charles with non-life-threatening injuries.

Redmond Fire & Rescue medics joined other first responders called shortly before 9 p.m. to the reported crash at milepost 118, about two miles south of Terrebonne, Captain Ken Brown said.

They arrived to find one vehicle on its top and the other across the highway, both with major damage.

The pair in the SUV were removed from the wreckage before fire crews and medics arrived, Brown said.

Roth was flown by Life Flight helicopter to St. Charles Bend, Brown said. Sok was taken by ambulance to St. Charles Redmond.

The crash investigation and reconstruction closed the highway for several hours. ODOT established a detour while advising motorists on TripCheck to use alternate routes if possible.

The highway reopened around 3:30 a.m.

It was the second serious crash to close a Central Oregon highway in less than three hours.

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  1. The most dangerous spot in Terrebonne/Redmond. It’s been talked about for 20 years yet nothing is ever done about it. A 4 way light is an easy fix to save lives. Just get it done already so these accidents can stop.

  2. Maybe if the DMV was held criminally responsible for giving idiots their licenses, maybe there would be less of this. It’s waaaay too easy to get a license in the US. How many more thousands need killed before something is done? Knowing the US, about a million or 2 more.

  3. Seems like (if not literally) there is about an accident a week on this stretch of Hwy 97. No word on ODOT finalizing a plan for the area. Of course we know speed and taking care are a factor, but with major traffic on an obsolete highway there needs to be a solution from beyond. I just hope ODOT comes up with a forward to the future plan, not just another bandaid to get us by. There is SO much more traffic than jut a few years ago and growing by leaps and bounds.

    1. The solution is barriers in the center divider of most if not all of HWY 97. If this highway was in the Portland area the problem would have been addressed years ago.

      1. Fife,

        Screw the private driveways. There’s plenty of highways in this state with center medians and private driveways. Just east right out of Sandy HWY 26 is the first that comes to mind where there’s a major stretches of HWY with center dividers and private drives on either side

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