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2 drivers killed, 2 passengers injured in Highway 97 head-on crash near La Pine

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Emilie Eckhardt
Smoke rises Wednesday from scene of crash on Highway 97 south of La Pine
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La Pine Rural Fire Protection District
Smoke rises from scene of fatal crash on Highway 97 just south of La Pine early Wednesday afternoon.
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(Update: Oregon State Police release information)

La PINE, Ore. (KTVZ) – Two drivers, one a male juvenile, were killed and two passengers were injured in a fiery head-on crash early Wednesday afternoon that closed U.S. Highway 97 for about four hours, authorities said.

Oregon State Police, La Pine Rural Fire District firefighter-medics and Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene of the crash shortly before 1 p.m. about a mile south of La Pine, near Jackpine Loop and milepost 168, officials said.

OSP said later a preliminary investigation found that a male juvenile was driving a Dodge pickup northbound when it sideswiped an SUV driven by a Bend man that was turning onto Jackpine Loop.

Troopers said the pickup then entered the southbound lane and collided with a U-Haul rental truck driven by Jeffrey Ferris, 35, of Fairview.

Ferris and the young driver of the pickup sustained fatal injuries and died at the crash scene, OSP said. The other driver was uninjured.

Two other male juveniles, passengers in the pickup and the U-Haul, were injured and taken to St. Charles Bend.

Fire Chief Mike Supkis said both vehicles caught fire as a result of the collision, which prompted a lengthy closure of the highway for a crash investigation and reconstruction. With no detour available, major traffic backups occurred. ODOT crews were on scene to divert traffic.

ODOT said in an update Wednesday evening that the highway fully reopened around 5 p.m.

Along with the other agencies, OSP also was assisted at the scene by the Central Oregon Police Chaplaincy.

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Barney Lerten

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        1. OK so 20 minutes after the crash you want drone footage to satisfy your curiosity. How about a 2 vehicle head on crash has blocked the highway for an unknown amount of time. Period

  1. This has been a really bad year down south on 97. If I remember correctly, this is the
    third or forth fatal crash just in the last month or so, down in the La Pine and Crescent area, but the previous crashes happened when there was snow and ice on the highway…
    My condolences to the family of those that didn’t make it. Hopefully the two people
    that were injured are able to recover from their injuries…

  2. So, every single sentence is it’s own paragraph? Is this really how you write, Barney? I mean, 9 year olds know more about the basics of spelling and grammar than you. This is so bad, every single time I click on these dumb articles

    1. Funny guy huh? We’ve got a grammar troll on a story talking about two people who just died. Way to go! Do you have anything better to do with your time? Oh.. do i halve any mispeelings ur grammatttical mistakes in this thar replie? Go troll elsewhere.. this is not the place for your boredom (aka lack of productive contribution in society).

    2. you are a sick and senseless person to come on this type of an article and use it for your misguided attack on a member of the media that is a really nice and good human being. Way to go you complete loser. My condolences to the families, this is just horrific.

  3. I think we know the parents of the 16yr old in question. What a horrible tragedy. Burying a child is the worst thing that can happen to a parent. Prayers out to them. Please drive defensively everyone, especially in these cold and wet conditions.

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