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Theodore Church, 75, of Prineville died Wednesday evening after colliding with a Freightliner

Theodore Church, 75, of Prineville died Wednesday, Nov. 16, after a crash with a semi-truck on U.S. Highway 97 at milepost 76 near Pony Butte Road and Ashwood Lane north of Madras.

Church, driving a red Chevrolet Silverado pickup was traveling northbound shortly after 5 p.m., crossed into the oncoming lane and collided with a white Freightliner CMV operated by Wilhelm Moorecroft, 65, of Ontario, Canada.

Church was pronounced deceased at the accident scene. Moorecroft was uninjured.

Highway 97 was closed for approximately three hours. Oregon State Police, Jefferson County Sheriff and the Oregon Department of Transportation responded to the incident.


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