On Friday, September 21, 2018 at approximately 1:35 P.M. Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 97 near milepost 275 – Main St. interchange.

Investigation revealed that 2012 Dodge Durango, operated by Juan Gonzalez (29) of Klamath Falls was southbound on Hwy 97 when for unknown reasons crossed into the northbound lanes and collided with a 2004 Saturn Ion, operated by Meachelle Steele (44) of Klamath Falls.

Steele sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Hwy 97 was closed for approximately 4 hours.

OSP was assisted by the Klamath Falls Police Department, Klamath County Fire District 1, and ODOT