On Monday December 14, 2020 at about 11:00 A.M., Troopers from the Bend Area Command and LaPine Outpost responded to a reported four vehicle crash that occurred on Highway 97 north of Chemult and near the Hwy 97 and Hwy 58 Junction in Klamath County.
It was discovered that a red 2020 Frieghtliner CMV, operated by Paramjit Singh (30) from Atwater California, was traveling southbound and began to break for vehicles slowing in front of him. Due to winter weather conditions, the semi tractor-trailer slid and crossed over into the oncoming lane across the icy roadway and into an oncoming vehicle. The oncoming vehicle was determined to be a black 2016 Mercedes SUV that was operated by David Goulding (64) Anthem, AZ with his spouse as a passenger Karen Goulding (65). The trailer portion of the semi collided with the Mercedes and the passenger Karen Goulding was pronounced deceased at the scene. David Goulding was transported via air ambulance to a Bend area hospital where he was treated for life-threatening injuries. The driver of the CMV, Singh was treated for minor injuries at the scene.
Two other vehicles were involved in the crash with no injuries reported. OSP was assisted at the scene by ODOT and Chemult Fire and Rescue. Winter weather conditions and speed were a contributing factor in the crash.