One passenger was lifeflighted with life-threatening injuries, while another was transported with other injuries.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Three vehicles were involved in an accident around 9 p.m. on July 12, on U.S. Highway 97, in a construction zone. 
Oregon State Police troopers responded to a three-vehicle injury crash occurring on U.S. Highway 97, near milepost 101, south of Madras, on July 12, at about 9 p.m.

Knife River Construction is repaving that section of Highway 97 and was active in the zone when the crash occured.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2006 Silver Saturn ION, operated by 23-year-old Portland resident Casandra Monsivais, was traveling southbound on Highway 97 near milepost 101, and for unknown reasons, was unable to stop in time before crashing into stopped vehicles waiting for the construction zone to open to southbound traffic.

The Saturn rear-ended a silver 2013 Dodge Ram truck, operated by Kelty Godby, 27, of Spokane, Washington. The impact to the Dodge then pushed it into a 2014 Subara Crosstrack, operated by Timothy Parrish, 57, of Chiloquin.

The passengers of the Saturn, were identified as 20-year-old Portland resident Rachel Reed, and 18-year-old Gresham resident Hailee Owen, and were both injured in the crash. Reed was transported to a Bend area hospital by air ambulance for treatment of life-threatening injuries and Owen was transported via ground ambulance for nonlife-threatening injuries.

The other involved occupants of the involved vehicles were all treated for minor injuries and later released.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation, Jefferson County Fire District and the Knife River Construction flagging crew.

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