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Man trying to pass on shoulder reportedly causes a wreck that kills Jessica Shaw, injures another, and closes highway for six hours

A 33-year-old Metolius woman, Jessica Shaw, died as the result of a four-car crash on U.S. Highway 97 near Terrebonne Wednesday evening.

The accident, which spread debris over 300 feet over the road, closed the highway for approximately six hours.

According to an Oregon State Police report, along with the fatality, another person was badly injured in the wreck, which occurred just before 5 p.m. near NW Eby Avenue and North Highway 97.

According to an OSP report, a Hyundai Elantra, driven by Karl Thompson, 58, from Metolius, was southbound on the highway when he tried to pass a southbound Dodge Ram on the shoulder. When the Elantra came back onto the highway, the vehicle struck the front of the Dodge Ram, driven by Kyle Jensen, of Redmond, and the collision pushed the Elantra into the northbound lane.

At that point, the Elantra hit the Nissan Pathfinder, which Shaw was driving. That pushed the Pathfinder into the southbound lane, where it was hit by a Dodge tow truck, driven by Austin Ontjes.

A 29-year-old Madras man, Emmanuel Pina-Lopez, was a passenger in the Pathfinder, and he suffered serious injuries and was taken to a hospital.

Thompson, Jensen and two passengers in Jensen's vehicle did not report injuries. The driver of the tow truck reported minor injuries. A passenger in the tow truck was uninjured.


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