Driver injured in crash northwest of Prineville
A driver was injured in a single-vehicle crash northwest of Prineville Friday afternoon.
Deputies from Crook County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a report of a serious-injury traffic crash at the intersection of Northwest Smith Rock Way and Northwest Lambert Road around 4 p.m.
Upon arriving at the crash scene, about 20 miles outside of Prineville, a deputy found a 1997 Ford F350 pickup with the roof of the cab collapsed. The pickup was driven by a man later identified at Richard Moller Jr., who was trapped inside the vehicle. He was unconscious and had visible injuries. Redmond Fire Rescue utilized the jaws of life to extract him from the vehicle.
Evidence at the scene revealed that Moller was traveling eastbound on Smith Rock Way when for unknown reasons, the vehicle left the roadway. The pickup rolled over and landed on its wheels off the roadway.
After Moller was extricated from the vehicle, he was airlifted by Life Flight. The investigation is ongoing, however, it does not appear that alcohol was a factor in the crash. The driver was utilizing his seatbelt and it is believed to have prevented further injury.
The Crook County Sheriff's Office was assisted on scene by several citizens, including an off-duty doctor, Oregon State Police, Redmond Fire Rescue, Crook County Fire and Rescue and Life Flight.
The Crook County Sheriff's Office would like to request any witnesses or persons with additional information regarding the crash to contact them in reference to case 18-0510.