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Bend man seriously injured in head-on Hwy. 97 crash into tow truck, dump truck

Highway 97 crash on Bend N end Tyson 1228
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Crews clean up debris from three-vehicle injury crash on U.S. Highway 97 at Bend's north end Monday morning
Hwy 97 Cooley Road 1228-1
ODOT TripCheck
Highway 97 had no traffic looking north from Cooley Road to where crash blocked lanes late Monday morning

(Update: Oregon State Police provide details)

Freezing fog makes for slick roads; some Redmond flights delayed

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – A Bend man was seriously injured Monday morning when his car crossed into the oncoming lanes of U.S. Highway 97 on Bend's north end, colliding with a tow truck, then a dump truck, Oregon State Police said.

The crash was reported shortly before 11 a.m. on the highway north of Cooley Road, near Deschutes Memorial Gardens, initial reports indicated.

Troopers said Richard Enquist, 40, of Bend, was driving a BMW heading north when he drove across the median and struck an oncoming tow truck, then a dump truck before coming to rest blocking the southbound lanes.

Enquist was taken to St. Charles Bend with serious injuries, according to OSP. No other injuries were reported.

ODOT reported around 11:20 a.m. that both southbound lanes and one northbound lane were closed due to the crash, urging motorists to “avoid travel in the area for now if possible.”

Before noon, ODOT reported both southbound lanes remained closed, but both northbound lanes were open so traffic could get by the scene as vehicles were removed and debris cleaned up.

The highway was fully reopened by 1 p.m.

While there was no initial word from OSP if the weather or road conditions were a factor, much of Central Oregon was under a freezing fog advisory Monday until 10 a.m., later extended to 1 p.m.

The fog delayed several flights into and out of Redmond Airport, where visibility was just a quarter-mile early Monday morning and up to three miles by midday. But other flights were arriving or departing on time -- check their Flight Status page for the latest.

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