On June 19, 2016 at approximately 8PM OSP received a report of a head on crash on US Hwy 97 at milepost 171 (south of Lapine).
Preliminary investigation revealed that a northbound 1991 Lexus was traveling northbound on Highway 97 when it crossed the centerline, striking a southbound 2016 Ford Fusion head-on.
The driver of the Lexus, a 29 year old adult male, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Ford, a 45 year old male, and his passenger, a 30 year old female, were taken by air ambulance to Saint Charles Bend for life threatening injuries. A eight year old male passenger in the Ford was taken by ground ambulance to Saint Charles Bend for treatment of minor injuries. A 10 year old female passenger was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Highway 97 was closed for over four hours while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by and the Oregon Department of Transportation. This is a preliminary release. No further information will be released until families of the deceased have been notified.