Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Wednesday morning’s fatal crash on Highway 97 north of Klamath Falls.
On Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at approximately 7:40am, OSP Troopers and First Responders were dispatched to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 97, near milepost 266.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of a gold Buick Century was attempting to turn onto Highway 97 from Algoma Road. However, for unknown reasons, the driver turned directly in front of a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV), which was traveling northbound on Highway 97. The CMV was unable to avoid the collision and crashed into the Buick.
The driver of the Buick was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The passenger of the Buick was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the CMV was not injured.
Names of those involved are being withheld pending next of kin notification.
Highway 97 is still currently closed with a detour put in place by Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). Motorists should check www.tripcheck.com for traffic updates. OSP was assisted by the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office, Klamath County Fire District and ODOT.
Photograph courtesy of OSP