Dump truck driver takes corner too fast on grade outside Prineville, stikes van and spills steel onto highway

PRINEVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT - The dump truck on the left collided with a white Honda van and the Peterbilt truck on the right collided with the metal on the road.

A Bend man was cited Thursday afternoon following a three-vehicle crash at the west end of Prineville, which slowed highway traffic for nearly an hour.

According to an Oregon State Police report, the accident took place around 1:45 p.m. at milepost 17 of Highway 126. A 1990 International dump truck driven by 66-year-old Bend resident Robert William McCormick was driving down the grade and went too fast around a sharp corner. His vehicle rolled, striking a westbound 2007 Honda Odyssey van driven by 43-year-old Prineville resident William Guadalupe Dominguez. The dump truck was loaded with steel that spilled onto the highway causing 60-year-old Jack Douglas Groves, who was driving westbound, to collide with the steel and damage his 2003 Peterbilt semi truck.

McCormick sustained minor injuries during the accident and was transported to St. Charles Prineville. Members of the Prineville Police Department, Crook County Sheriff's Office and Crook County Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene as did members of Oregon Department of Transportation and the City of Prineville public works department.

The crash initially stopped traffic both directions on the highway, until a short time later when a pilot car helped lead motorists through the crash scene. The highway was completely reopened by around 2:15 p.m.

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