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Powell Butte Highway head-on crash sends 3 people to hospital

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Crook County Sheriff's Office
First responders took three people to St. Charles Bend after Powell Butte Hwy. head-on crash Wednesday morning
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Crook County Sheriff's Office
Head-on crash, investigation closed Powell Butte Hwy. for 2 hours

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Three people were injured and taken to St. Charles Bend after a two-vehicle head-on crash Wednesday morning on the Powell Butte Highway east of Bend, Crook County sheriff’s deputies said.

Oregon State Police and personnel from Crook County and Redmond fire agencies also were dispatched to the crash, reported shortly before 8 a.m. in the area of milepost 4 on the highway, Deputy Chris Beard said. They arrived to find a pickup truck and car had collided head-on, with all three occupants injured.

Deputies determined the male pickup driver, accompanied by a passenger, was heading south when the man left his lane and collided with a woman’s oncoming car in the northbound lane, Beard said. The crash extensively damaged both vehicles, and all three occupants were removed from the wreckage and taken to St. Charles Bend with possibly serious injuries. Condition updates were not available.

Sheriff John Gautney told NewsChannel 21 that no citations have been issued, but the investigation is continuing into the cause of the crash.

OSP said the crash and investigation closed the highway for about two hours. ODOT and the Crook County Road Department also assisted the first responders.

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  1. When they say four mile post, would that be 4 miles from 126? That would make most sense, since you are probably going north/south before heading mostly west near the Brasada turn-off.

    1. I agree, people need to stop looking at their phones and watch the road. Everytime I see an article where a driver ‘veered into the other lane for an unknown reason’, my radar goes up.
      This road needs extra vigilance because it’s busy, narrow and doesn’t have any dedicated turn lanes.

        1. Sorry, I guess I’m just very sensitive about, for example, local crashes where folks are injured. (As I am when folks trash everyday folks who agree to talk to us for a story). The comments often veer into lots of judgments and … well, we’ll see if Viafoura’s artificial intelligence, moderation team and community likes/dislikes make better calls.

    1. Central Oregon is farm community. What would you like? Then to drive Teslas? Love to see the Tesla pull 2 tons of hay around.

      1. Aggressive driving, honking at someone who is signaling to take a right turn because it goes too “slow” to his majesty’s flavor, pulling out in front of you and force you to slam your brakes when there is no traffic behind you, tailgating you when you are already over the speed limit has absolutely ZERO to do with the kind of vehicle you’re driving. Oh, I have never owned a Tesla and not planning to own one either.

  2. Driving in CO has become an enter at your own risk scenario. We were driving that stretch of high way today and saw several cars passing dangerously. Interestingly enough we caught up with everyone of them at the round about project on highway 20.😛

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