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Anna Cook swerves to avoid deer on Highway 26 east of Prineville and drives into ditch

PHOTO COURTESY OF CROOK COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
 - Anna Cook, of Fossil, was taken to Prineville by ambulance after her crash Wednesday morning.

A Fossil woman was injured in an early-morning crash Wednesday on U.S. Highway 26 about 20 miles east of Prineville.

Crook County Sheriff's Office personnel responded to the crash scene near milepost 43 just before 7 a.m.

Upon arrival, deputies saw that several citizens had stopped to help the driver, 77-year-old Anna Cook, and were actively providing medical care. Cook was alert and conscious but had received injuries from the crash. The vehicle was a 2011 Chrysler 300 sedan.

Deputies learned that Cook had swerved her vehicle to avoid a deer and drove off the road at highway speeds. The highway is elevated, authorities noted, and Cook dropped about 10 feet down over the bank, where her car made significant impact in a ditch. Her car rolled partially and spun around 180 degrees before coming to a rest.

Cook was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash, and the airbags in her vehicle had deployed. Law enforcement officials said that her injuries would likely have been severe had she not been wearing her seatbelt.

No evidence was found that would suggest that excessive speed or use of intoxicants contributed to the crash.

Crook County Fire and Rescue arrived on scene and transported Cook by ambulance to St. Charles Prineville. The Sheriff's Office was also assisted on scene by the Oregon State Police, the Oregon Department of Transportation, and S.T.A.R. Towing out of Prineville.

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