(Update: OSP releases crash information)
REDMOND, Ore. (KTVZ) – A 16-year-old Redmond teen was killed and four other people were injured in a four-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 97 about five miles south of Redmond, Oregon State Police said Saturday.
OSP troopers and other emergency personnel responded around 8:15 a.m. Friday to the reported crash near milepost 127, near the intersection with SW Tomahawk Avenue.
The preliminary investigation found that the 16-year-old was heading south at the wheel of a Jeep Liberty when “for unknown reasons (she) initiated a lane change and lost control of the vehicle,” OSP said in a news release.
The Jeep crossed over into oncoming lanes and struck a northbound Jeep Renegade, which was pushed onto the northbound shoulder and rolled several times, troopers said.
The teen’s Jeep Liberty then collided with a northbound GMC Yukon and then another vehicle, a Toyota Camry that had been heading south behind her SUV, OSP said.
Troopers are not releasing the name of the teen who sustained fatal injuries.
The Jeep Renegade was driven by a 21-year-old Bend woman, accompanied by three passengers. The driver and one of the passengers, a 16-year-old male, were taken to St. Charles Bend for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, troopers said.
The GMC Yukon’s driver, a 43-year-old Bend man, was uninjured.
The Toyota Camry was driven by a 39-year-old woman from Central Point, with two passengers, a 39-year-old and a 12-year-old girl. The passengers were taken by ambulance to the Bend hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
OSP said it was assisted at the scene by the Deschutes County sheriff’s and medical examiner’s offices, ODOT, Redmond Fire & Rescue, the state Department of Human Services an the Deschutes County Chaplains service.
The crash closed the highway until shortly after noon Friday.