Two drivers injured in head-on crash
Two drivers were injured in a head-on vehicle crash on Juniper Canyon Road Wednesday evening.
Crook County deputies were dispatched to the crash, near milepost 1, shortly after 10 p.m., following reports that one driver was ejected from vehicle and was lying on the ground not moving. Upon arrival, deputies found a black Toyota pickup off the east side of the road. The driver, 24-year-old Jacob Hendrix, had been ejected from his vehicle and had a major laceration to his face and scalp. He was provided medical aid by a Prineville police officer until medics arrived on scene.
The second vehicle was a white Toyota pickup driven by 76-year-old Dorsey Berrier. Authorities found that vehicle in the middle of Juniper Canyon Road blocking both lanes of travel. Berrier was still in his vehicle complaining of pain and obvious injuries to his left arm. Medical aid was provided to him by officers and medics on scene.
Both Berrier and Hendrix were transported to St. Charles in Prineville by ambulance. Hendrix was then airlifted to St. Charles in Bend and then airlifted to an unknown hospital in Portland. Berrier was later airlifted to St. Charles in Bend.
According to evidence from the scene and a witness to the accident, Hendrix was northbound and Berrier was southbound, when his vehicle crossed the center line and hit Hendrix's vehicle.
Authorities said alcohol was definitely a factor with both drivers. An investigation is still ongoing regarding driving under the influence of intoxicants for both parties involved in the crash.
Traffic on Juniper Canyon Road was blocked for approximately 45 minutes until traffic could be diverted around the accident scene using the shoulder of the roadway. Juniper Canyon was not fully opened to both lanes of travel for approximately two hours when both vehicles and the debris had been removed.
The Crook County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Crook County Fire and Rescue, Crook County Road Department, The Prineville Police Department, and Oregon State Police.
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