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Two Madras residents involved in Thursday morning crash when driver goes unconscious

DESCHUTES COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE PHOTO - A pickup truck hauling a trailer crashed when the driver experienced a medical emergency and became unconscious Thursday morning, April 8 in Sisters.

A Madras man suffered a medical emergency and crashed a pickup truck in downtown Sisters Thursday morning.

According to a news release from Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, at 8:50 a.m. Thursday, April 8, a Deschutes County Sheriff's Office School Resource Deputy was on patrol in the city of Sisters, when he was flagged down by a pedestrian and notified of a traffic crash near the intersection of East Cascade Avenue and North Larch Street in Sisters.

The deputy quickly arrived on scene to find a 2011 Chevrolet pickup pulling a 21-foot toy hauler trailer, which had left the roadway, struck a light pole, went into a gravel drainage ditch, and then impacted a large tree.

After a brief assessment of the driver, the deputy realized the driver was not breathing. A DCSO City of Sisters deputy arrived shortly afterward and together they removed the driver from the vehicle.

The deputies then began performing CPR on the driver and were joined moments later by an off-duty paramedic from the Black Butte Ranch Fire Department and an off-duty nurse. Working together, they continued CPR on the driver and utilized an Automated External Defibrillator until medics from the Sisters-Camp Sherman Rural Fire Protection District arrived and took over lifesaving efforts.

The driver, later identified as a 58-year-old male from Madras, was transported to St. Charles in Bend for continued care.

Deputies interviewed the passengers in the vehicle and other witnesses to the crash. The investigation determined the male driver was driving westbound on Highway 20 and entered Sisters. The driver is believed to have experienced a sudden medical emergency and became unconscious. The other passengers in the vehicle attempted to re-gain control of the vehicle, however, they were unable to do so.

The two passengers, a 56-year-old female from Madras and a 27-year-old male from Bend, were also transported to St. Charles in Bend with non-life-threatening injuries.

The Oregon Department of Transportation and crews from the City of Sisters Public Works Department assisted the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office with this incident.

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