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Cause of the single-vehicle crash on McKay Road Monday morning is under investigation

PHOTO COURTESY OF CROOK COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Both occupants of this vehicle were taken to St. Charles Prineville with injuries.

Two Prineville residents were injured in a single-vehicle crash north of Prineville early Monday morning.

According to a Crook County Sheriff's Office report, the crash happened on Northeast McKay Road near Allen Creek Road shortly before 4 a.m. Deputies and Crook County Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the accident scene, where they found a Ford F350 that had traveled down a 10-foot embankment and struck a juniper tree. One of two occupants was still trapped inside the truck while the other had self-extricated prior to deputies arriving.

Emergency personnel used the Jaws of Life to extricate the driver, 22-year-old Prineville resident Amee Neatherly, from the truck.

An investigation revealed that Neatherly was driving the truck southbound, accompanied by her passenger, 20-year-old Austin Lee, of Prineville, when she left the roadway due to unknown circumstances and collided with a juniper tree. At the time of the crash, Lee was sleeping in the back seat of the truck and was not wearing a seatbelt.

Both occupants of the vehicle were transported to St. Charles Prineville for treatment of their injuries.

Authorities said speed did not appear to be one of the factors, and they had not determined by press time if any other factors contributed to the crash. The crash is still under investigation.

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