On Sunday, March 25, 2018 at approximately 3:30AM, the Oregon State Police responded to a two vehicle, head on crash, on US-97 near milepost 132 which is approximately two miles north of Bend. Preliminary investigation shows a 2005 Ford Explorer was traveling southbound when it was struck head on in the southbound lane by a 2017 GMC truck traveling northbound. The driver of the truck was deceased on scene and the driver of the explorer was transported via air ambulance to St. Charles in Bend with life threatening injuries and is reported to be in surgery at this time. Both vehicles were only occupied by the drivers.
The Oregon State Police were assisted by the Bend Fire Department, Deschutes County Medical Examiner, Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office and ODOT. This investigation is ongoing and additional information will be released when it is available.
Press Release by the Oregon State Police 3/25/18