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Two 14-year-old Sisters High students killed in dirt bike crash on Forest Service road NW of Sisters


(Update: Both were Sisters High students)

They were wearing helmets, deputies say; 'speed, variable terrain' cited as factors in crash

SISTERS, Ore. (KTVZ) – Two 14-year-old Sisters residents were killed Wednesday evening when their dirt bike crashed on a Forest Service road about nine miles northwest of Sisters, Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies said Thursday.

Deputies and other first responders were dispatched around 7 p.m. Wednesday to the reported crash on Forest Service Road 1028, south of Skylight Cave, Sergeant Jason Wall said.

Four teens were riding in pairs on two dirt bikes when two, a 14-year-old male and female, did not arrive at their destination, Wall said.

The other two riders, a 15-year-old male and female also from Sisters, checked the area and found the other pair had crashed and were seriously injured.

The sergeant said the 15-year-olds began life-saving efforts and called 911. A passer-by assisted the juveniles until deputies arrived and took over life-saving measures, Wall said. Paramedics arrived a short time later and continued those life-saving efforts, but both juveniles were pronounced deceased at the scene.

“Speed and variable terrain appear to be factors in the crash,” Wall said in a news release. He also told NewsChannel 21 that all four riders were wearing helmets at the time.

Sheriff’s detectives responded to the location, assisted by Oregon State Police in the crash investigation and reconstruction. Wall said a medical examiner also was called to the scene.

The sheriff’s office has notified the families involved, but is not releasing the crash victims' names, as they are juveniles, Wall said.

Also assisting the sheriff’s office was Black Butte Ranch Police and the Sisters-Camp Sherman Rural Fire District.

Sisters School Superintendent Curt Scholl confirmed that "these students had just finished their Freshman year at SHS and were rising Sophomores."

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