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Oregon State Police say 73-year-old Richard Lanning veered into oncoming traffic on Highway 97 just south of Redmond

PHOTO COURTESY OF OREGON STATE POLICE - A 73-year-old Prineville resident was killed in a head-on collision on Highway 97 south of Redmond.

A Prineville man was killed Wednesday morning in a head-on vehicle crash on Highway 97 near the south end of Redmond.

According to Oregon State Police reports, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded at 9 a.m. to the crash scene at mile post 124. A preliminary investigation revealed that a silver 2005 Chevy Malibu, operated by 73-year-old Richard Lanning, was traveling northbound on Highway 97, when for unknown reasons, his vehicle crossed over into the oncoming lanes and crashed head-on into a southbound commercial motor vehicle, operated by Bend Roof Truss and driven by 48-year-old Bend resident, Kavan Rose. 

Lanning suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the commercial motor vehicle was transported to St. Charles Redmond for non-life threatening injuries.

Highway 97 was closed for approximately three and a half hours following the crash. Oregon State Police was assisted at the scene by the Redmond Police Department, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Bend Police Department, ODOT and Redmond Fire and Rescue.

Investigation into the crash will continue and will be released by police when it becomes available.

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