Black ice prompts multiple car crashes
On Thursday, Jan. 23, the Crook County Sheriffs Office responded to multiple motor vehicle crashes at different locations within Crook County.
The first accident was reported as a head on crash with injuries on Powell Butte Highway, at the intersection of Shumway Road in Powell Butte, at approximately 7:18 a.m.
When responding deputies arrived, they located two vehicles on the north side of Powell Butte Highway. One of the two vehicles was still partially blocking the westbound lane of traffic.
As a result of the investigation, it was determined that Brandy Cook, age 36 of Prineville, was travelling westbound on the Powell Butte Highway, at the intersection of Shumway Road, when she lost control of her vehicle.
Cooks vehicle then crossed the center line into the oncoming lane of traffic. As Cook attempted to regain control of her vehicle, she hit head on with a vehicle that was eastbound, operated by Becky Carter, age 42 of Bend. Cook was driving a 2011 Dodge Caliber, while Carter was operating a 2006 Honda Accord.
Both drivers were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash, and both vehicles had the airbags deploy. As a result of the crash, Cook was transported to the hospital by Redmond Ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. She was later released. The cause of the crash was determined to be due to the freezing fog and black ice. No citations were issued.
While deputies were on scene investigating the crash on Powell Butte Highway at Shumway Road, there was a rollover crash observed by the deputies on Southwest Shumway Road, approximately one quater-mile to the south of the original crash scene. An Oregon State Polices sergeant was in the immediate area and investigated that crash (no further information is available).
At approximately 8:32 a.m., the Crook County Sheriffs Office responded to a report of another rollover motor vehicle crash that was reported on Southeast Juniper Canyon Road, approximately three miles south of Prineville.
Upon arrival, deputies located a 1999 Ford F250 on its top in the ditch on the west side of Juniper Canyon Road. It was determined that the driver, Casey Shadle, age 38 of Prineville, was driving southbound when he lost control of his vehicle.
Shadles vehicle left the road, rolling and coming to rest on its top. Shadle and his juvenile passenger were both wearing seatbelts and were both uninjured in the crash. The cause of the crash was determined to be due to the freezing fog and black ice. No citations were issued.
At approximately 8:41 a.m., the Crook County Sheriffs Office responded to another rollover motor vehicle crash on Powell Butte Highway near mile post 4 in Powell Butte. Upon arrival, deputies located a 2001 Isuzu Trooper on its top in a field on the east side of the highway.
As a result of the investigation, it was determined that the driver, Keith Belz, age 57 of Prineville, was traveling westbound when he lost control of his vehicle. The vehicle crossed the oncoming lane of traffic and left the road on the east side of the highway, where it rolled at least two times before coming to a rest on its top.
Belz was evaluated at the scene by Crook County Fire and Rescue and later transported to Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Prineville by a passerby who had stopped to assist. Belz was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash. The cause of the crash was determined to be due to the freezing fog and black ice. No citations were issued.
At approximately 8:59 a.m., the Crook County Sheriffs Office was dispatched to a report of another single vehicle rollover on Powell Butte Highway near mile post 7. The Oregon State Police Sergeant was still in the area and responded to this crash as well. The crash was then investigated by OSP (No further details available).