Just after 5:15 p.m. on June 28, 2017, a Redmond Police Officer was responding to assist in locating an outstanding subject. The police officer was westbound on Highway 126, about 1/2 mile east of SE Veterans Way and was turning left from the highway. A silver 2008 Chevy full size truck was also traveling eastbound and was being operated by 24 year old Powell Butte resident, Kelsey Dixon. The officer was stopped and had his signal indicating a left turn when Dixon failed to stop, crashing into the back of the 2012 Dodge Charger at highway speeds. The impact vaulted the police car forward and the Chevy traveled into the oncoming lane. A brown 2015 Dodge Ram truck was traveling westbound at this location and the two trucks collided head-on, entrapping 43 year old Redmond resident Christopher Lane in the westbound Dodge.
Dixon was transported via ground ambulance for non-life threatening injuries and Lane was transported via air ambulance for serious injuries. The Redmond police officer sustained non-life threatening injuries and he was transported via ground ambulance. The Redmond Police Department will issue a follow-on press release to identify the police officer and update his condition as it is appropriate and available.
Oregon State Police is the lead investigatory agency and will update any other information as it becomes available.
OSP and Redmond Police were assisted on-scene by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, the Bend Police Department, Redmond Fire, Oregon Department of Transportation and local air ambulance resources.