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Madras woman killed, 3 people injured in Hwy. 97 head-on crash

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TERREBONNE, Ore.  (KTVZ) – A 19-year-old Madras woman was killed and three people were injured in a head-on crash late Friday night on U.S. Highway 97 in southern Jefferson County, Oregon State Police said.

Troopers and emergency personnel responded shortly before midnight Friday to the reported crash near milepost 111 north of Terrebonne, OSP Captain Tim Fox said.

A preliminary investigation found that a Honda driven by a female juvenile was heading south and collided with a northbound Chevy pickup driven by a 29-year-old Redmond man. The cause of the crash is under investigation, Fox said.

The Honda’s passenger, Alisa Miller, 19, of Madras, sustained fatal injuries in the crash, he said.

Both drivers and the pickup’s passenger, a 38-year-old Redmond woman, were taken to the hospital with serious injuries, the OSP captain said.

OSP was assisted on the scene by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County EMS and Fire District No. 1, and Redmond Fire & Rescue.

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Barney Lerten

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  1. My condolences. The roads were especially bad that night. There was zero visibility at times. There was another major accident at Bear Drive and 97. I heard tons of sirens and saw other responders coming from the Terrebonne area, heading north to the scene. I’ve been looking through the news daily to see the outcome of that one.

      1. I hope there wasn’t a fatality either, but I was told a woman from Redmond did pass away. I’m not sure what news source the person who informed me had used.

    1. Agreed, the roads were very sketchy that night- I white knuckled it all the way from Madras to Bend. For such a highly traveled stretch of road with a history of so many fatalities, I am saddened more has still not been done to increase safety- divider? improved lighting? Not surprised to hear there was an accident due to the conditions (if not more), but very sorry for the loss of such a young life, condolences to the families involved.

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