Two die in Highway 26 crash
Two drivers died in a three-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon on Highway 26 on the Warm Springs Reservation
According to a press release from Warm Springs Police Department Lt. Ron Gregory, Warm Springs Tribal Police were dispatched to a three-car motor vehicle crash on Highway 26 near milepost 81 at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 7.
Upon arrival, officers located a silver 1997 Chevrolet pickup truck and a black 1993 Dodge pickup truck, both with heavy front-end damage. A third vehicle, a green 2017 Chevrolet Silverado, was located approximately 100 feet away on its side with airbags deployed.
Based on the information obtained during the investigation, the silver Chevrolet pickup was traveling eastbound on Highway 26 toward Warm Springs and crossed over the center line into oncoming traffic. The silver Chevrolet struck the green Silverado in the westbound lane, causing the Silverado to roll onto its side. The silver Chevrolet then crashed head-on into the black Dodge pickup.
The driver of the silver Chevrolet died upon impact. The driver of the Dodge succumbed to his injuries after officers and emergency medical personnel arrived on scene. Three additional passengers from the Dodge were transported to St. Charles Medical Center of Bend for treatment of their injuries. Gregory said there is currently no updated information on their condition.
The driver and passenger of the green Silverado were uninjured and were provided transportation to Portland by Tribal Police.
Release of the names of the victim's is pending notification to next of kin.
The crash occurred about 10 miles east of the junction with Highway 216. Highway 26 was closed in both directions for a few hours, and detours were put in place.
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