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Head-on crash on U.S. Highway 26, on northern portion of reservation, kills Medford man.

On person died in a two-vehicle, head-on crash Sept. 11, on U.S. Highway 26, on the northern portion of the Warm Springs Reservation.

At about 5:30 p.m., Oregon State Police troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of the two-vehicle crash on Highway 26 at milepost 74.

Preliminary investigation by OSP revealed that a red 2000 Ford E-350, operated by Lanny Hawley, 65, of Gresham, was traveling eastbound on Highway 26, when for unknown reasons the vehicle crossed over the center line into westbound traffic and struck a black 2016 GMC Terrain, operated by Kyle Estes, 52, of Medford.

Estes was pronounced deceased on scene due to injuries sustained in the crash. Hawley was airlifted to St. Charles Bend for critical injuries.

Highway 26 was closed for approximately six hours following the crash. OSP was assisted by the Warm Springs Police Department, Oregon Department of Transportation, Warm Springs Fire and Safety, Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services, and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

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