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Head-on collision occurs at 2 a.m. Aug. 17, on U.S. Highway 97, 13 miles north of Madras.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - A Mazda Protege, at left, driven Sarah Marie Steffler, 33, crossed over the centerline and collided head-on with a Kia Sportage early on Aug. 17. Both occupants of the Mazda died, as well as a juvenile female in the Kia.Three people died and three others were injured in an early morning head-on accident, Aug. 17, on U.S. Highway 97, 13 miles north of Madras.

According to the Oregon State Police report, on Friday, Aug. 17, at 2 a.m., Oregon State troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle head-on collision on U.S. Highway 97, near milepost 80.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a black 2000 Mazda Protege, operated by Sarah Marie Steffler, 33, of Moses Lake, Washington, was northbound on U.S. 97, when for unknown reasons, her vehicle crossed into the southbound lanes of travel and impacted the guardrail and then collided with a southbound 2006 Kia Sportage, operated by Miguel Galvan Sanchez, 40, of Manson, Washington.

Steffler and a juvenile female passenger sustained fatal injuries in the crash and were pronounced deceased at the scene.

There were four occupants in the Sanchez vehicle. Sanchez and one passenger were transported by ground ambulance to St. Charles Madras, and another passenger was transported by air ambulance to St. Charles Bend.

The fourth passenger, a juvenile female, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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