A two-car collision on U.S. Highway 97, near Elm Lane, on Oct. 20, closed the highway and sent three people to area hospitals.
According to preliminary information from Oregon State Police, at 10:04 p.m., Oct. 20, on U.S. 97, five miles north of Madras, a Subaru Outback, driven by Isaiah Courtad, 19, of Scottsdale, Arizona, was traveling north and for unknown reasons, veered into the southbound lane, striking a Honda Accord, driven by Malcolm Harpole, 36, on the front driver's side.
Both drivers had to be extracted from their vehicles. Two Life Flight helicopters were called to the scene, with one landing on the highway and one in a field.
The rear passenger of the Honda appeared to have not been wearing a seatbelt, sustained serious head injuries, and was taken by Life Flight to St. Charles Bend. The driver, Harpole, was taken to the hospital by ambulance.
Subaru driver Courtad was also transported by Life Flight to Bend, and the other passengers of that car were uninjured.
Passengers of the vehicles were Kenneth Kime, 36, or Prineville, Kyle Lambert, 23, Christian Nieman, 19, and Grant Ratana, 20. OSP did not have information on who was in which vehicle at press time, or particulars on what towns the people were from.
The highway was closed during the rescue and investigation and traffic was detoured. The investigation is still pending.
Responding agencies included OSP, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Madras Police, Jefferson County Fire District, Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services, Life Flight and the Oregon Department of Transportation.