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Saralee Spino-McCormack and 13-year-old passenger killed in accident. Two others with serious injuries

Unsafe passing along with ice and fog contributed to a fatal motor vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 26 north of Madras Wednesday night, Nov. 16.

Preliminary investigation revealed a gray Toyota Tacoma operated by Audry Cooper McHugh, 29, of Bend was passing several vehicles through fog when it collided head-on with a westbound Chevrolet Malibu, operated by Saralee Spino-McCormack, 29, of Warm Springs.

Spino-McCormack, as well as a 13-year-old male passenger sustained fatal injuries. Another 14-year-old female passenger was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries. McHugh was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries.

The accident, which occurred at approximately 7:40 p.m., closed the highway between Elm and Dogwood lanes for about two hours.

The Wednesday night wreck followed another accident Wednesday afternoon north of Madras, on U.S. Highway 97, near the intersection of the highway and Pony Butte Road. That accident closed the stretch of highway for more than three hours.

Driving conditions throughout the region were impacted by dense freezing fog that infiltrated north Central Oregon Wednesday. The conditions worsened overnight, causing 509-J School District to cancel school Thursday.

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