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A dramatic four car crash on Highway 97 snarled traffic for hours and sent two people to the hospital.  Yesterday afternoon's head-on collision also almost involved a Deschutes County Sheriff's patrol car.  Deschutes County Sheriff's officials say it happened shortly after 4 on Highway 97 just north of O'Neil Highway near Redmond.  Shortly after the crash, News Channel 21 spoke to Traci Cooper with the Redmond Fire Department:  "Typically when we have someone flown, that means its pretty serious injuries.  In the four vehicles we had two injured persons: one transported by medic the second just recently was flown out by Life Flight."  The Sheriff's deputy who was almost struck, instead became a witness.  Officials say it appears it was caused when Robert Lorenzen, 22, of Madras crossed over the center line and struck two vehicles head-on.  Lorenzen had to be cut from his vehicle and he was taken by Life Flight to St. Charles Bend.  Another driver, Clyde de Moisy, 57, of Bend was taken by ambulance.  They both have non-life threatening injuries.

 

 

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Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

Oregon State University off-site improvements for intersection reconstruction, July 11 – August 3,    7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at intersection of Chandler Avenue and Yates Drive.

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 
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