KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (KTVZ) – Two women, from Bend and Northern California, were killed and three people were injured in a head-on collision of a pickup and SUV early Friday morning on U.S. Highway 97 north of Klamath Falls, Oregon State Police reported.
Troopers and other emergency personnel responded around 12:35 a.m. to the reported two-vehicle crash near milepost 267.
OSP said a preliminary investigation found that a southbound GMC pickup driven by Erika Delrio, 36, of Yuba City, Calif., and a northbound Nissan Xterra driven by Cybil Nelson, 35, of Bend, collided head-on. Both vehicles were destroyed by a fire following the crash, which an OSP reconstruction team is investigating.
Delrio was flown by Life Flight helicopter to St. Charles Bend with critical injuries, OSP said. One of her four passengers, Martha Carriedo, 60, also of Yuba City, sustained fatal injuries, as did Cybil Nelson, troopers said.
Three other passengers in the pickup, a 21-year-old Yuba City woman and two boys, ages 1 and 2, were taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The crash closed Highway 97 for about five hours.
Any witnesses to the crash who were not already interviewed by investigators, or anyone with information related to the crash was asked to call OSP dispatch at 1-800-452-7888 in reference to Case No. SP22-155016.
OSP was assisted at the scene by the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office, Klamath County Fire District 1 and ODOT.