On Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at approximately 11:45 A.M. Oregon State Police troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Highway 97 near milepost 128 (intersection with 61st St.)
Preliminary investigation revealed that a blue 2017 Subaru Legacy, operated by Linda Dent (76) of Redmond, was southbound on Highway 97 when for unknown reasons crossed into the northbound slow lane and into the path of a 2018 Ram 3500. The Ram 3500, an Oregon Department of Transportation Incident Response Vehicle, was operated by John Benson (38) of Redmond.
Dent was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Benson was transported to St Charles Hospital in Bend with minor injuries.
OSP was assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Bend Fire Department, and ODOT.