Skip to Content

One driver injured in 2-vehicle crash that shut down U.S. Highway 20 west of Santiam Pass for over an hour

Crash near Santiam Pass Brandi Stambaugh 3-17
Brandi Stambaugh
Air ambulance is in view from backed-up line of motorists near crash Sunday afternoon west of Santiam Pass
Hwy. 20 crash west of Santiam Pass TripCheck 3-17-2
ODOT TripCheck

(Update: Oregon State Police info)

SISTERS, Ore. (KTVZ) – A two-vehicle injury crash west of Santiam Pass shut U.S. Highway 20 late Sunday afternoon for over an hour while first responders treated those involved and an air ambulance landed at the scene.

Oregon State Police said they responded around 4:30 p.m. to the crash at milepost 79, about two miles west of the Santiam Pass summit.

Troopers said a silver Hyundai Accent left its lane and struck a gray Toyota 4-Runner. The Toyota driver was unhurt while the Hyundai driver was taken to St. Charles Bend.

ODOT’s TripCheck indicated motorists were advised to use an alternate route.

Westbound traffic on the highway quickly backed up past the entrance to Hoodoo Ski Area. Driver Brandi Stambaugh said they had not moved for over an hour as of 5:30 p.m. and saw at least one, possibly two air ambulances circling before landing in the vicinity.

The highway was reopened before 6 p.m.

Article Topic Follows: Accidents and Crashes

Jump to comments ↓

Author Profile Photo

Barney Lerten

Barney is the digital content director for NewsChannel 21. Learn more about Barney here.


KTVZ NewsChannel 21 is committed to providing a forum for civil and constructive conversation.

Please keep your comments respectful and relevant. You can review our Community Guidelines by clicking here

If you would like to share a story idea, please submit it here.

Skip to content