REDMOND, OR -- Redmond Police discovered suspicious items inside a pickup truck involved in a two-vehicle crash, Wednesday afternoon. Just before 2:00 p.m., a silver Dodge pickup crashed head-on into a semi truck on Highway 97 at Odem Medo Road. According to Oregon State Police, 27-year old Troy Schaffner of Redmond was driving his pickup northbound when, for an unknown reason, he crossed into oncoming traffic and hit the semi, driven by a California man. Schaffner was taken to St. Charles Bend with unknown injuries. The driver of the semi was unhurt.
When Redmond Police first responded to the crash scene, they say they discovered items inside the Dodge pickup similar to improvised explosive devices. Oregon State Police Bomb Technicians were called to secure the scene. Traffic was diverted around the crash site for more than three hours as officers investigated and secured the suspicious items. Highway 97 was completely closed for 5-10 minutes while Bomb Technicians secured the devices in an explosives containment trailer.
The cause of the crash is under investigation, and OSP investigators will follow up on the devices found inside Schaffner's pickup.